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Leeds College of Music

Music (Classical with Popular)

UCAS Code: 204F

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, e.g. IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

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96

From level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Within the unique multi-genre environment that is Leeds College of Music, this highly practical and creative course offers the opportunity to be trained as a 21st Century classical musician with additional specialism in Pop music. Our BA (Hons) Music programme is split into Specialist Study, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies. This degree allows you to choose your major and minor concentration within the Specialist Study strand, i.e. your one-to-one classes will be in your major area – Classical, your ensemble group study in your minor area – Pop.

This course is strongly focused on gaining a thorough understanding of classical music and Pop music. There are numerous opportunities to perform with core ensembles such as Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Pop Choir, Opera and the chance to explore recent classical music with the exciting crossover amplified group New Music Collective. There is a vibrant student union within the conservatoire, which also runs its own ensembles and orchestra, so there are many ways in which students are active as performers and composers. LCoM has recently formed a partnership with Opera North that will increase access for students to gain real professional experience via side-by -side projects.

The emphasis of the course is on challenging students to achieve highly, but supporting and nurturing them also. 1:1 study is augmented with weekly Performance in Context and Composition in Context classes. Historical musicology is thematically explored alongside critical listening and harmony, as well as other valuable skills that are aimed to bring contextual understanding to the primary focus of practical musicianship. Our Pop pathway allows you to hone your musicianship, performance and creative skills and put them to work in the real world. Combining the two enables you to enhance your abilities in one area with thorough knowledge of another and collaborate even more readily with other musicians.

Leeds is a vibrant musical city and students are regularly given the opportunity to hear professional music-making of the highest standard and are given numerous opportunities to perform within the city and the wider region. Study is supplemented by regular masterclasses by visiting world-class musicians and composition students are given at least two opportunities per year to write for visiting professional ensembles.

Modules

Specialist Study 1, 2, 3 (Performance or Composition)
Specialist Group Study 1, 2 (Performance or Composition)
Contextual Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options)
Professional Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options)
Creative Project (year 1 only) (various options are offered that refresh each year)
Final Project (year 3 only)

Contextual Studies 2 options:
• Introduction to Music Technology
• Songwriting
• Music for the Moving Image
• Collaborative Composition
• Music and Ideology
• Performance with Electronics
• Entrepreneurship
• Arranging and Orchestration
• Musical Direction

Contextual Studies 3 options:
• Computer-Based Composition
• Software Environments for Performance & Sound Creation
• Electroacoustic Composition
• Composition and Production for Film and TV
• Composed Theatre
• Extended Improvisation
• Intercultural Music
• Emerging Music Models

Professional Studies 2 options:
• Business Start-up
• Working with Music in the Community
• Instrumental Music Tuition
• Self-Promotion & Marketing
• Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
• Concerts & Touring
• Artistic Management

Professional Studies 3 options:
• Live Music Management
• Community Music Project
• Music Journalism
• Business Leadership & Ethics
• Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function

Assessment methods

This combined study is assessed via performance recitals/composition portfolios, technical tests, online portfolios, presentations or written work. The degree is weighted 30% on Level 5 and 70% on Level 6. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Contextual Studies and Professional Studies choices that are made at Level 5 and Level 6. Formal assessments tend to take place at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments that have deadlines halfway through a semester. Specialist Study is split so that one to one study (solo performance/composition) is taken on the Classical pathway whereas Specialist Group Study (ensemble work) is taken on the Pop pathway.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

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Course location:

Leeds College of Music

Department:

Music

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