Leeds Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of Hull

Music (Classical with Popular)

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Course summary

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We are no longer accepting applications for Popular minor for vocalists, drums and guitarists for September 2021 entry, however we are currently still accepting applications for other instruments. Within the unique multi-genre environment that is Leeds Conservatoire, 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. Leeds Conservatoire 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.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Accordion (classical)
  • Banjo (tenor)
  • Baritone
  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Contra)
  • Bodhran

Modules

The BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Popular) modules focus on developing you as a professional musician through one-to-one tuition, ensemble study and creative projects. The professional studies strand will develop your core business skills, and other optional modules will introduce additional cross-genre capabilities. The programme has strands in Specialist Study, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies that span the three levels of the programme. Students focus primarily on their Specialist Study, which is split so that one to one study is studied on the Classical pathway and group study is studied on the Popular pathway. Year 1 (Level 4) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study 1 – Classical Specialist Group Study 1 – Popular Contextual Studies 1 – Classical Professional Studies 1: Working in the Creative Industries Creative Project Year 2 (Level 5) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study 2 – Classical Specialist Group Study 2 – Popular Contextual Studies 2 – Classical pathway Professional Studies 2 Contextual Studies 2 optional modules, one of: Arranging and Orchestration Collaborative Composition Entrepreneurship Introduction to Music Technology Music and Ideology Music for the Moving Image Musical Direction Performance with Electronics Songwriting Professional Studies 2 optional modules, one of: Artistic Management Business Start-up Concerts and Touring Instrumental Music Tuition Self-Promotion and Music Marketing Structure and Functions of the Film Music Industry Working with Music in the Community Year 3 (Level 6) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study 3 – Classical Final Project – Popular Contextual Studies 3 Professional Studies 3 Students select either an Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Project, a Group/Ensemble Performance Project or a Practice in Context Research Project for their Final Project module. Contextual Studies 3 optional modules, one of: Composed Theatre Composition and Production for Film and Television Computer-Based Composition Electro-acoustic Composition Emerging Music Models Extended Improvisation Intercultural Music Software Environments – Performance and Sound Creation Professional Studies 3 optional modules, one of: Business Leadership and Ethics Community Music Project Film Music – Aesthetics and Narrative Function Live Music Management Music Journalism Module specifications can be accessed via the Leeds Conservatoire website: http://bit.ly/LC-ClassicalPop-UCAS

Assessment method

This combined study is assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the diversity of creative and professional practice. Assessment methods include performance recitals/composition portfolios, technical tests, online portfolios, presentations or written work. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 5 and Level 6, as well as the choice of project for the Final Project module at 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 with deadlines halfway through a semester.


How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

Course code:
204F
Institution code:
L31
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: http://bit.ly/UCAS-international-apply

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

UCAS tariff points from music graded exams are also accepted (highest achieved per instrument (grade 6 and above), commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School).

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

http://bit.ly/EntryRequirementsUCAS

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Applicants are required to attend an audition for their major pathway. Further details will be sent after you have submitted your application.

Portfolio

Applicants for combined pathway courses will also need to submit a portfolio for their minor pathway. Further details will be sent after you have submitted your application.

Other

Audition, Interview and Portfolio guides can be found on our website: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)65.5 in each component (IELTS Academic)

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online portfolio submission (All applicants)No fee charged

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online portfolio submission (All applicants)Not available at this location

Additional information

> Audition information will be published on our website here: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition > Leeds Conservatoire want to ensure that their application and audition process is fair and accessible to all. For this reason we do not charge an audition fee for any of our courses and are able to refund travel expenses for applicants from low income households for in-person auditions.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17500 Year 1

Additional fee information

If you are an EU national starting in September 2021 your fee status may be Home or Overseas, depending on your circumstances. We are still waiting for the UK Government to announce what the rules for student funding will be from next academic year onwards following the end of the Brexit transition period. It is expected that there will be some provision for those with settled or pre-settled status, however there is no guarantee of this or what it will look like at this point.
Music (Classical with Popular) at Leeds Conservatoire - UCAS