Performing arts

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Solo swing and jive: beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you enjoy vintage social dancing events but don' t have a partner? Looking to nail those moves and increase your freestyle confidence? Then this is the course for you! We will work on basic foot-work sequences and steps of authentic jazz dancing and Rhythm & Blues Strolls, progressing to faster pace flick kicks and turns for jive and Rock ’n' Roll dances. No partner required!

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  3. Contemporary African: general level
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A dynamic and vibrant class that combines West African dance and music with some Contemporary dance influences. The movements, energy and music will leave you energised and rejuvenated.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  4. Creating drums and beats
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your drum programming to make more life-like, give it more swing and variety, and create solid, compelling drum parts. You will learn techniques you can apply to any genre.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. Actor's voice: improvers
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. World music: Ghanaian Highlife
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The West African tradition of Highlife mixes Ghanaian percussion rhythms with calypso, and is played on guitars and horns. Join these live sessions to play classic tunes by Highlife artists such as Osibisa and E.T.Mensah. Open to percussionists, instrumentalists and singers - anyone who can hold a rhythm!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  7. Mime: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    There’s so much more to Mime than the striped jumper, beret and box!

    The course will cover basic techniques in Mime towards developing and creating worlds alongside opening your body up to expressionistic styles. Through technique and improvisational based classes we will play and explore some of the most renowned exercises in Mime and build on them. Engaging your imagination and developing your awareness of your body as a tool for theatre craft.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  8. Piano: return to playing
    Course Date:  Fri 11 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This online course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Introduction to acting (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  10. Narration skills
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Singing for fun
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Sight-reading for choral singers
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join experienced singer and conductor, Penny Homer, for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  14. Drama therapy: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 19 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this interactive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Acting for radio: advanced
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 20 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Seeking work in Radio Drama? Explore microphone techniques and acting skills for radio at a higher level. For those who have completed Acting for Radio Beginners and/or Improvers courses or have previous relevant industry experience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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