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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Acting: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  2. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this introductory course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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    100% of 100
  3. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Fine-tune your audio skills by performing in a BBC radio drama on this weekend workshop in the media studio. For those with lots of previous experience, either through courses or industry.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time. All this in one weekend!
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  7. Sing jazz: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Karen Lane
    For jazz vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
  8. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Maintain and extend your playing skills on our advanced course. Repertoire is pop, jazz and World music, and we will learn and rehearse, and record, sax ensemble arrangements.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Jazz harmony and ear training 1B
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Continue your aural and academic study of form, root movement and harmonic progression, jazz chord types, intervals, scales and modes. Learn transcribed solos and participate in playing and improvisation sessions. For players with a working knowledge of jazz harmony. New students may contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange to be assessed for entry to this course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Sing jazz 1
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    Learn some standard repertoire and jazz protocols. Explore style, develop good timing and phrasing, breath control, and extend your vocal range. Not suitable for beginner singers but ideal for singers who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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    100% of 100
  11. Saxophone 3B
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Continue with your 3rd year of saxophone study. We will play jazz, pop and world music repertoire, and work to improve your technical ability and confidence in playing. 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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  12. City Lit Big Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Henry
    Our ensemble for proficient jazz players to improve and maintain sight reading and section work, playing music from the classic era of Big Bands plus contemporary and original arrangements. Contact the Music Department to enquire about availability of places for your instrument and to arrange your audition.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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    100% of 100
  14. Saxophone 1B
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    For players with 3-4 months study on saxophone. Repertoire for class will comprise popular sounds, jazz and World music, including music reading and improvisation.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  15. Folk and pop guitar 2B
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    If you can play a range of chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of study will develop your ability to play the acoustic guitar. Improve your musicianship and expand your repertoire of songs.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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