Performing arts

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)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic 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. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
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    100% of 100
  2. The art of negotiating
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  3. Method acting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Continue your development and improve your skills as you work towards greater emotional, physical and psychological truth. You must have gained relevant experience and training in acting in order to join this challenging course.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  5. Acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  6. Clear speech
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    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.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Reading great poetry aloud
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Do you enjoy reading great poetry aloud? Come and join our reading circle and enjoy speaking and listening to the poetry of Wordsworth, Blake, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Eliot, Plath, Hughes, Heaney, Duffy, Motion and Cope among others, while learning vocal technique to enhance the effect your readings have on others.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  8. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  9. Accents: London, General American and British regional
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    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, and at least one regional British accent. This course will be taught online.



    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  10. Narration skills
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive course about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! The course will be delivered in our studio.



    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 £142.00
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  11. Birds in opera and ballet
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What a selection to choose from! Swans, pigeons and bluebirds; birds in the forest, by the stream, in myth and fairy-tale– see how birds have been represented in important rôles on stage.



    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
  12. Voiceovers: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Develop your microphone skills and knowledge of the Voiceovers sector. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. This course will be delivered in our media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £95.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Explore the impact that Bob Dylan has had on popular music with a special focus on the 1960s. Through analysis of his songs and a history of the 1960s we will see how his influence extends beyond the American folk music revival.



    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  14. Acting the text: classic and contemporary
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Acting the Text is an online course in which we will explore two linked plays from different periods of history – a classic text, and a modern script that was inspired by it. This term, we will read and rehearse scenes from a pair of completely different plays with the same title: Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca (1934) and Yerma by Simon Stone (2016).



    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 £95.00
  15. Actor's voice: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    It's time to top up your vocal skills! This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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