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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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. Singing 1A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. These classes will introduce you to healthy use of your singing voice and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres. tutor : Colette Meury.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  2. Advanced singing repertoire workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This online workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  3. Violin and viola 4A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for students who have been learning for three to four years and are fluent in 1st and 3rd positions (grade 3-4). Come and study higher positions, vibrato and a variety of bow techniques. This course continues with Violin and Viola 4B next term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Violin and viola 5A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An online course for those who have been playing for around 4 years. You should demonstrate confidence in the first 3 positions and show some confidence in 4th position. You should be developing a good sound quality with the bow and be able to work with a variety of bowing techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Clarinet 3A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for studehts who have a minimum of two years' experience (playing at around grade 3 standard). Come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy some ensemble repertoire. Continues with Clarinet 3B next term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Speaking with confidence

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need help in speaking with confidence and getting your point across in situations where you really need to make an impact? Explore ways to improve these skills. This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  7. Sing rock, pop and soul: advanced

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Our advanced class will help you to develop and maintain your voice. Work on vocal technique, solo presentation, song interpretation and arrangement, and improvisation. Sessions will be online this term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  8. Technical theatre production: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is designed for students who have an interest in learning more about some aspects of technical theatre support, including stage management.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £169.00

  9. Opera studies 1: Verdi in focus

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Epitomising the public mood, Verdi created operatic hit after hit, working with a selection of tolerant librettists, until his post-retirement blaze of glory. We focus on Nabucco, Rigoletto and Falstaff. This course has a scheduled break week: 26 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. Tap dance: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

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    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Jazz guitar 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An introduction to the jazz style and repertoire, chord/scale vocabulary, jazz harmony, time feels, accompanying and improvisation. Ideal if you have established guitar technique and are new to jazz. Classes will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Music theory: grade 4

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the

    concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week (27 Oct) and Christmas break (1 Dec-5 Jan) returning 12th Jan.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  14. Violin and viola advanced: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for violin or viola players with at least four years’ experience. Come and enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning classical repertoire, supported by technical studies.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Cello advanced workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An online course for students who have been playing for at least four years and are at around grade 5 standard. You will be encouraged to play in all clefs regularly and be comfortable in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

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