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Leeds College of Music

Music (Folk Music)

UCAS Code: W309

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).

UCAS Tariff

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

Delivered through one-to-one tuition and seminar/workshop sessions, the Folk course is taught by acclaimed artists and academics. Students will learn to master stylistic and technical complexities associated with creative performance at the highest level, as well as apply theory and explore contextual studies that enhance their musicianship. Different folk styles will be explored, alongside global traditions and ethnomusicology, and students will be encouraged to form and join innovative ensembles, build their own repertoire and perform within the regional, national and international music community. Additional business and professional skills are embedded throughout.

Folk origins: As a performer, composer, or both, you will explore folk music from its origins in the oral tradition and its interpretation through different cultures and musicians. You’ll discover the different functions of folk music and how traditions have evolved in different communities and nations, and how those traditions have been preserved.

Experiment and innovate: From this grounding in folk and traditional music, you will experiment with other genres and cultural identities, forming and joining innovative ensembles, building your repertoire in performance or composition. Your experiences in Folk and Classical will give you the chance to develop new sounds and new ideas.

A culture of collaboration: You’ll play with folk and traditional and musicians from all backgrounds, from raw talent to polished, from progressive to purist. You’ll benefit from working alongside students from other pathways, collaborating with producers, sound engineers, arrangers, composers and entrepreneurs on your own independent projects.

Perform: Students play a vital part in the concert season, with many of the conservatoire’s ensembles appearing in an eclectic programme that encompasses jazz, classical, contemporary. Folk and traditional music, orchestral, choral and big band concerts and small ensemble and solo recitals. The concert season allows students to rub shoulders with global names through showcasing the work of graduates and alumni alongside emerging and international artists.

Modules

Modules include weekly lessons in:
Specialist Study (one-to-one and instrument specific small group lessons for one hour each per teaching week)
Specialist Group Study (small ensemble focusing on developing original, contemporary arrangements of traditional music and contemporary folk music),
Contextual Studies (split into classes that teach Ethnomusicology, Folklore and Story-Telling/Development, The Role of Tradition and its Importance to Community, History and Analysis, Harmony, Rhythm, Aural Skills, Arranging and Composition, Use of Language, Source Materials, Creating Field Recordings, Improvisation and Musicology)
Professional Studies (Cross Pathway lectures and seminars in Professional Skills)
Cross Pathway Options (options in Contextual Studies and Creative Projects have a broad menu including Film Music, Indian Improvisation, Collaborative Composition, Studio Skills and other community based projects)

Assessment methods

The pathway is assessed via recitals, coursework, musical portfolios, recordings, technical tests, presentations and written work. The degree is weighted 30% on Level 5 and 70% on Level 6.

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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