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. Comedy: creating and performing narrative comedy
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00
  2. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course Date: Fri 30 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 £111.00 Concession £85.00
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  3. Sing pop and jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy jazz and pop repertoire, learning songs with 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
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  4. Jazz flute
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore jazz and latin rhythms, phrasing, chord/scale relationship, how to approach chord sequences and the interpretation of tunes. Live classes online.

    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
  5. World music: Afro Cuban ensemble
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Suitable for all instrumentalists and percussionists, this online study workshop will help you to understand this exciting music. Learn how the instruments and rhythm section interact to create a dynamic and sophisticated sound. Experience some of the excitement of playing in a Latin band through online interaction with the tutor.

    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
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  6. Singing workshop: performance
    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This online workshop class explores lighter-side and music theatre repertoire. Grow your confidence performing some of your favourite songs through studying relevant techniques, stylistic interpretation and performance skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  7. Acting workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your acting skills in this fun and challenging workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of excerices designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.

    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
  8. Acting for fun
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This online course is suitable complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.

    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 £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  9. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.

    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
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  10. Sibelius: music notation software
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Ideal for musicians, music teachers and students. Learn how to prepare and print high quality scores and other notation with Sibelius software. Good knowledge of conventional music notation and confident basic computer skills are required.

    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
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  11. Mixing and music production techniques
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for hardware users.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  12. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!

    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 £36.00
  13. Screen acting
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

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

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £146.00
  14. Charleston: beginners
    Course Date: Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A fun course that will get you dancing the fast and energetic Charleston. Build a solid foundation of basic skills while you enjoy dancing to original jazz music from the 20s and 30s.

    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  15. Acting advanced: Murder in the Cathedral
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An exciting opportunity to use prior training in acting and screen work. Rehearse and film scenes from T.S Elliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, for inclusion in the upcoming Thomas Becket exhibition at the British Museum.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £199.00

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