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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. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Jun 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ian Taylor
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  2. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence in your communication skills. This is a practical course based in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  3. Voice technique: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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    93% of 100
  4. Voiceovers: introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    In this intensive version of our popular longer course you will begin to explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations. The course will be delivered in our media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
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  5. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Jun 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation. The course will be delivered 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 £64.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  6. Radio presenting: advanced (online)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    This is an opportunity to take your love of radio to the next level. The course supports you with a tutor-editor to craft a pre-recorded radio programme or extended feature on a subject of your choice, mixing interview clips, music and sound effects into your own production. This course will be delivered online and is supported by a media technician.



    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 £139.00
  7. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride,



    bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.



    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 £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  8. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? This Improvers' course will explore a variety of essential voice techniques such as engaging storytelling, clear and precise articulation and subject-appropriate intonation. Additionally the course looks at how to differentiate your reading styles between audio books and talking newspapers.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  9. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: comedies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Comedies with confidence.There is also an opportunity to rehearse duologues/ scenework from Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream specifically.



    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 £95.00 Concession £77.00
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    100% of 100
  10. MGM musicals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Bright, bold, happy and hummable – many of our favourite musicals on film were created by the Freed Unit at MGM in the 1940s and 50s. From The Wizard of Oz to Gigi, we take a whistle-stop tour of some fabulous films and artists.



    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 £95.00 Concession £77.00
  11. Radio presenting: advanced (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    This is a new opportunity to take your love of radio presenting to the next level. The course supports you with a tutor-editor to craft a pre-recorded radio programme or extended feature on a subject of your choice, mixing interview clips, music and sound effects into your own production. This weekend workshop will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00

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