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. Introduction to contemporary classical music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering how they function as artworks and also the political and social context in which they were written.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  2. Stretch and Flex
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This class uses traditional dance stretches as its base and is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their flexibility, range of movement, improve alignment and relieve muscular tension. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and is the perfect warm-up for the Jazz Dance: general class that follows it.



    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
  3. Screen acting
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Build your confidence and develop your camera technique to create truthful ‘on screen’ performances in this practical course.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £135.00
  4. The Acting room: developing potential
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This comprehensive acting course is ideal for anyone who may require a little more time, support and adjustment as you engage in the acting process. All levels are welcome. Develop your potential through text, improvisation and scene work.



    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 £95.00 Concession £73.00
  5. Music theory: grade 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs.



    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 £63.00 Concession £48.00
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  6. Improve your speaking voice: intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you want to sound more confident and clear when you speak? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises on this intensive 4 session practical Saturday workshop, which will be delivered in the college.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  7. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Pentatonics and beyond - improvising in popular music
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to improvising in popular music. These practical online sessions are for players of any instrument. Get to grips with improvisation in this exploration of common scales and approaches to improv in pop, rock, blues, folk and jazz. Starting with the major scale, we’ll look at blues scales, pentatonics, extensions and more to help you get the most out of your improvisation.



    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 £89.00 Concession £89.00
  9. Singing for fun
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building 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 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
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  10. Piano: return to playing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short online course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Singing: grade 3-4 songs
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you thinking of taking an exam in Singing (grade 3 or 4)? Come and study some of the pieces on the current Singing syllabuses (ABRSM/Trinity) to help you on your exam journey.



    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 £48.00
  12. Music production with Logic
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00
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  13. Introduction to dance workshop 2
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join us to explore basic dance styles and techniques, building and developing coordination, movement patterns, technical skills and your confidence



    Workshop 2 will explore those universal steps which appear in all dance routines regardless of genre. This is the second workshop in the series but you don’t have to take them in any particular order, you can start now.



    This is a great class for those new to dance, or those looking to develop their skills.



    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
  14. Acting for radio: improvers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be online.



    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 £151.00 Concession £129.00
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  15. Topics in Ancient Greek music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of music before Gregorian chant and discover how historians reconstruct ancient Greek songs and instruments from surviving evidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £66.00

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