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. Sing jazz: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Challenging repertoire and vocalese will be taught in these online sessions, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice. tutor : Clare Foster.

    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

  2. Sing jazz 2

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For singers who have completed Sing jazz 1, and newcomers who have equivalent experience and ability in the jazz idiom. Develop your jazz conception, solo performance and expand your repertoire in these online sessions.

    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

  3. Violin and viola 2A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An online course for those who have been playing violin/viola for about a year, know the D major scale finger pattern and basic music notation. Learn classical and jazzy music in a friendly class. Continues to Violin and viola 2B 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. Classical guitar 3A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced classical guitar players, this class will work on scales and arpeggios at grade 6, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. tutor : Tony Rowden.

    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. Piano/keyboards 1C

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 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. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Violin and viola 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly online environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least a term. Continues to Violin and viola 1C next term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Music theory: grade 1

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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. Break week: 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Comedy: sketch writing and performing for stage, TV and digital

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to write and perform comedy for television. Find new inspiration to get your ideas flowing under the guidance of a multi-award-winning director and producer. Tutor: Alan Nixon.

    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: £103.00

  9. Blues guitar 2

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore blues guitar techniques on this practical online course : chords, scales, form, rhythm and phrasing for accompaniment; soloing that will allow you to play with confidence with other musicians. Suitable for guitarists with plenty of folk & pop experience, who have also met the blues.

    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

  10. The music of Edward Elgar

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Elgar’s music has always provoked mixed reactions - to some it represented the conservative tradition, to others it was progressive. This course will explore the ‘Elgar Enigma’ and uncover the real composer - whose music beautifully represents the pre-WW1 mood. This course has a scheduled break week on 27 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

  11. Classical ballet: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Suitable for the complete beginner or for those wanting to go back to basics. Develop knowledge and skill in this enjoyable adult ballet class which provides a fun and satisfying way to improve alignment, muscle tone, flexibility and coordination. A greater awareness of the body will be encouraged and the beauty of ballet discovered. The classes will also help to improve 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 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: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  13. Combining voice and Pilates

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This innovative course shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. City Lit a cappella

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group remains online for this term. We aim to give a concert as soon as such can be arranged. Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Music theory: grade 6

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). This course has a break-week (28 Oct), and a Christmas break (2 Dec-6 Jan) returning on 13 Jan.

    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

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