Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

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, dance and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano and singing.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses. To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist tutor in advance to help you choose the right level should you require help and advice.

Would you like some help or advice?

For music courses call 020 7492 2630 or email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. Sing jazz 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A performance class for singers who have completed levels 1 and 2. Improve your vocal technique, jazz and blues style, presentation, and learn relevant musicianship. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Accents: challenging British regional accents

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Expand your skillset as an actor or someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering some more ‘challenging’ accents which may include Glasgow, Belfast, Nottingham and others. An invaluable skill for all working actors. Break week: 8 May (Bank holiday for 75th anniversary of VE Day).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  3. Piano/keyboards 1C

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student. Scheduled break week: 25 May (bank holiday).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Violin and viola 3C

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have been learning violin/viola for two to three years (playing at grade 2-3 standard), take the next step to learn vibrato, positions above 1st, and improved bow control. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. Clarinet 2C

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have played Bb clarinet for at least 18 months, come and improve your technique and performance skills, and explore a variety of styles and repertoire. Continues to Clarinet 3 next academic year. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Clarinet 3C

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have more than two years' experience (playing at around grade 3/4 standard), come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy some ensemble playing. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. Piano/keyboards 4C

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music

    reading, and your confidence! Taught in the digital keyboard classroom with work on acoustic pianos.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  8. Violin and viola 4C

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have been learning for three to four years, are fluent in 1st and 3rd positions (grade 3-4), come and study higher positions, vibrato and more variety of bow techniques. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Singing 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. Each term will introduce you to healthy use of your voice and relevant musicianship through a selection of songs and exercises. Repertoire reflects folk and pop genres.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 13 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student. Scheduled break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Accents: London, General American and British regional

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American; West Yorkshire; Liverpool and Bristol. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa C

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing, putting the musical experience at the heart of learning. Gain a better understanding of musical concepts and develop your musicianship. Based on the famous Kodály method. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Teaching drama

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Train to teach drama to learners of all ages. Explore various types of drama workshops and teaching methodologies, and gain new drama teaching skills including current trends.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Classical ballet: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Designed for the complete beginner or for those wanting to go back to basics. Develop knowledge and skill in this enjoyable Ballet class which provides a fun and satisfying way to improve alignment, muscle tone, flexibility and coordination. The classes will also help to improve any other dance styles you might be practising.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Ballet at the barre

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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