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. Sing rock, pop and soul 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore vocal technique, repertoire, and pop music styles. Attention is given to rhythm skill and singing in harmony. Work towards solo performance in funk, soul, blues, rock and indie styles. Live online sessions. tutor : Colette Meury.

    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

  2. Clarinet 3B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    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 from Clarinet 3A last term and with Clarinet 3C next term.

    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

  3. Violin and viola 4B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    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 from Violin and viola 4A last term and with Violin and Viola 4B next term.

    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

  4. Singing 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue singing and explore your voice in this confidence-building online course. These classes develop your singing voice and your musicianship through a selection of songs from various genres. tutor : Colette Meury.

    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

  5. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa B

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part C next term. Break week: 15 Feb 2021.

    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

  6. Music production with Logic: level 1

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.

    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

  7. Classical ballet: improvers 1

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Opera studies 2: baritones and mezzos

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Operatic baritones and mezzo-sopranos can be cast as ‘nice’ or ‘nasty’. By exploring the development of these voices and typical rôles, we can appreciate their versatility in creating central or supporting characters. This course has a scheduled break week: 15th February 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  9. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 5 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. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    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: £103.00

  10. Sing with confidence

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone.

    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: £90.00
    Concession: £65.00

  11. Use your voice assertively

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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. Classical ballet: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 5 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.

    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 visit 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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Jazz guitar 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have completed jazz guitar 1 and have learned to play introductory standard tunes, this 2nd term will develop your technical and musical skills in 'comping' and soloing. 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: £103.00

  14. Music theory: grade 2

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your knowledge of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in simple and compound time. Explore the concept of ledger lines, minor scales, intervals, and common key signatures, terms and signs. Scheduled break week: 16th Feb 2021.

    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

  15. Violin and viola advanced: workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for violin or viola players with at least four years’ experience. Enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning classical repertoire, supported by technical studies.

    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

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