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

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

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: exploring Grade 2 pieces
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    Study pieces from the ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 2 piano syllabus. Learn the required scales and try some aural tests. An ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  2. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 1 pieces
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    Study pieces from the new ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 1 piano syllabus. Learn the required scales and try some aural tests. An ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  3. Great works: West Side Story
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Sixty-five years ago, West Side Story took Broadway by storm, and now a new film is doing the same. Who created it and how, and what impact did it have on musicals – and in films - afterwards?
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  4. Piano masterclass
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Maria Razumovskaya
    Approach core piano repertoire through the prism of the Russian piano tradition, gaining insight into its principles of



    rubato, 'sound', chord techniques, pedalling, and the 'artistic image' of a piece.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  5. Violin and viola taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edmund Taylor
    Learn how to hold the violin/viola and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  6. Piano taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    A fun introduction to the piano: learn the names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is for you!
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  7. Flute taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The course introduces you to the basic techniques of playing the flute and gives you an insight into what is involved in learning the instrument. tutor: Pam Pecko Smith.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  8. Cello taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Learn how to hold the cello and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  9. Learn to read music: taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. 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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  10. Great works: Byrd's Quomodo cantabimus
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the eight-voice motet Quomodo cantabimus (How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land) by William Byrd and learn how it may be interpreted as a reaction to the newly-protestant England in which he lived.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  11. Music theory: grade 8
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for



    keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure,



    phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). NB: this course has several scheduled breaks: 28 Mar, 4th, 11 and 18th April (Easter) and 2nd, 9th 30th May 2022 (Bank holiday Mondays).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £194.00
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