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Leeds College of Music

Music (Jazz with Popular)

UCAS Code: 303F

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

Built around a mixture of one-to-one tuition, ensemble work and seminars, this highly collaborative course will shape students into fine specialist performers or composers, while developing the versatility they’ll need to succeed as a working, creative Jazz musician, alongside issues of style and repertoire from a pop ensemble perspective. The Music faculty is first class, highly experienced, and reflect the diverse background and tastes of our Jazz and Popular Music students. They work together to help you find your creative voice and develop as a unique, driven, and professional musician.

Internationally renowned, the Leeds Jazz scene has consistently produced some of the UK’s most creative musicians for over fifty years, and the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music is right at the very heart of this movement. Our students see world class music every night of the week at the many clubs we collaborate with, including our own B Side, Undercurrent and Fusebox sessions, where staff, students and guests play into the night.

The course is reflective of the wider Jazz scene and the variety of venues where we regularly perform. Whether straight-ahead, modern, experimental, fusion or crossover, this course focuses on getting the very best out of you. Our huge faculty is made up of the UK’s finest performers and educators, and students are placed with one of our instrumental staff for weekly one-to-one and small group sessions, to hone their Jazz vocabulary and reach their potential.

This is predominantly a practical course with research options for students who choose to develop skills in this area. Most of our students are here as performers, and our teachers and resources provide a first rate setting for students who are serious about learning to improvise. Workshops and gigs take place every Friday, when we invite touring artists to share their expertise. Staff also perform and compose at the highest level, and are here to share their knowledge and experience, as well as provide professional opportunities for students.

Each module on the course has been carefully designed to enable students to synchronise both the theoretical and practical elements of their study, with a heavy focus on practice time and performance opportunities. All students write and perform original music, in a collaborative setting, to develop projects that are regularly pitched to professional promoters and record labels, enabling them to gain feedback, from industry experts. In addition to weekly one-to-one, ensemble and composition/arranging classes, other weekly small group sessions include study of advanced rhythmic skills, transcription analysis, contemporary improvisation, aural awareness, harmony, history/listening and business development. Our students can also dip into cross-pathway options throughout the course, including areas such as musical direction, orchestration, electroacoustic composition, extended improvisation and songwriting.

Positioned in the heart of a musical capital, where improvisation takes centre stage, this is a high energy music course for students who want to get out there and perform.

Modules

Specialist Study is split so that one to one study (solo performance/composition) is taken on the Jazz pathway and Specialist Group Study (ensemble work) is studied on the Pop pathway.

• 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 current trends and original music),
• Contextual Studies (split into classes that teach Harmony, Rhythmic Studies, Aural Skills, Composition, Arranging, Language of Jazz, Transcription Studies, Contemporary 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)
• Final Project

Assessment methods

Formal assessments take place at the end of each semester. Assessment is normally via a selection of the following, depending on specialism: performance, coursework, portfolio, listening and written tests.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
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£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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