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
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 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 £95.00
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  2. City Lit Theatre Company
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 18 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    An exciting opportunity to use previous practical training in acting in the context of performance. Adopting professional values, you will work as a company to realise the potential of a full play for an audience.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £229.00
  3. Comedy: creating and performing narrative comedy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to write comedy scripts and uncover the craft behind narrative comedy such as Frasier, Fleabag, and This Country and the classic sitcom. Under the guidance of a multi-award winning comedy Director and Producer, you will create new ideas, and formats for your projects. Explore classics and new forms of narrative comedy - by identifying key techniques behind their success – on television and online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Breakdance
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is the perfect opportunity to try out a new dance style and improve your fitness level! Suitable for beginners you will discover some of the fundamental steps and develop your musicality, balance, flexibility, upper body strength and coordination.

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
  5. Stand-up comedy: develop your material
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 28 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you explore new techniques and writing insights.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  6. Improvisation and character
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Creating interesting memorable characters is the goal for any performer. Explore improvisational and physical techniques to enhance your work in a range of comedic and dramatic scenarios.

    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
  7. Introduction to acting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 1 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Would you like to know more about the process of acting? Perhaps you have always wanted to try it or you would like to return to acting after some time away. Improve your overall confidence in yourself and in performing as you explore a range of acting exercises in a safe and exciting 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
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  8. Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 1 Jul 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Bring or start your own interactive sound art projects which you will develop in this practical online course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Auditioning and self-taping for TV and film
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Expert advice and guidance on how to prepare for auditions. This practical course covers techniques and tips on how to prepare for auditions with the opportunity to practice in putting those into action.

    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
  10. Vocal recording: production techniques
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    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
  11. Music production with Logic: advanced
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For those who would like to extend their use of Logic Pro to realise their recording and production skills. We'll cover comping, sidechaining, parallel compression, flextime and more to give you the ability to realise more professional recordings and get the most out of this exceptional music production software.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  12. A brief history of improvisation in classical music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the practice of improvisation in classical music, spanning the Baroque period to contemporary music. You'll explore music of composers including Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Clara Schumann and discover how improvisation features in contemporary classical music-making.

    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
  13. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    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
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  14. Sing pop and jazz
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy learning jazz and pop repertoire, with guidance from a teacher and performer. You need to be able to sing in time and in tune to benefit from this introductory course. Live sessions online.

    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
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  15. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions we will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100

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