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.

Browse our Performing Arts courses below and enrol today!

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. Audition ready

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire in this online workshop to build a solid base of audition pieces.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Clear speech. Photo: Mikhail Gorbunov

    Clear Speech

    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. Music theory: grade 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Character voice for animation, stage and screen: level 2

    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Focus specifically on the world of animation: character choices, script work, performance and how to make an effective animation reel. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. This 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Acting for radio: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This 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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  7. Voiceovers: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Creating drums and beats

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your drum programming to make more life-like, give it more swing and variety, and create solid, compelling drum parts. You will learn techniques you can apply to any genre.

    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

  9. Five great dancers

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What? Only five?? Choosing just five great dancers to discuss seems to be impossible, and the choice very wide. Come and enjoy five wonderful exponents of differing styles, ages, and impact - all of them brilliant!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Music production with Logic: advanced

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For those who would like to extend their use of Logic Pro to realise their recording and production skills. We'll cover comping, sidechaining, parallel compression, flextime and more to give you the ability to realise more professional recordings and get the most out of this exceptional music production software.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Vocal recording: production techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Mime

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There’s so much more to Mime than the striped jumper, beret and box!

    The course will cover basic techniques in Mime towards developing and creating worlds alongside opening your body up to expressionistic styles. Through technique and improvisational based classes we will play and explore some of the most renowned exercises in Mime and build on them. Engaging your imagination and developing your awareness of your body as a tool for theatre craft.

    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. Sibelius notation software: tips and tricks

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you already know the basics of Sibelius, learn tips, tricks and shortcuts, how to create unusual or complex notation, and how to finesse layout in scores and parts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. TV presenting: auditioning

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to succeed in a TV Presenting audition. What happens in TV Presenting auditions and what skills are Producers looking for in TV presenters?

    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  15. Communicate with confidence through voice and body language

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how to enhance your vocal and physical impact and presence in many situations and become aware of habits that may hold you back from achieving your full potential. Skills include establishing rapport, assertive posture and gesture, vocal energy, projecting an effective personal style, sensitive listening and communicating with care and conviction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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