Rebellion. Tradition. Activism. Our exciting and inclusive approach to Folk, Roots and Blues celebrates and allows you to explore music from all over the globe, bringing an understanding and appreciation of the social movements, rebel traditions and protest music that are central to this progressive art form. Expanding upon these elements through an innovative approach to performance, songwriting, composition, arrangement and recording techniques, you will be able to express your own creativity in the format and style you see fit. With a focus on your own personal creativity, you will learn the foundations and structures of Folk, Roots and Blues and choose how to or how not to apply them in your own music making. Our genre-less approach to Folk, Roots and Blues has understanding and creative risk at its heart.
The BA (Hons) Music (Folk, Roots and Blues) 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. Year 1 (Level 4) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study 1 Specialist Group Study 1 Contextual Studies 1 Professional Studies 1: Working in the Creative Industries Creative Project Year 2 (Level 5) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study 2 Specialist Group Study 2 Contextual Studies 2 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 Final Project Contextual Studies 3 Professional Studies 3 Students select either 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 Lyric Writing Politics and Art 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-Folk-UCAS
The course is assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the diversity of creative and professional practice. Assessment methods include recitals, coursework, musical portfolios, recordings, technical tests, presentations and 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.
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Additional entry requirements: Applicants should also have achieved a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above. UCAS tariff points from music graded exams are also accepted (highest achieved per instrument (grade 6 and above), awarded by ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School). All applicants will be required to either attend an audition or submit a portfolio of work. Please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition for up to date details of our audition process. English Language requirements: All applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirement, as set by the conservatoire. For UK applicants this is GCSE English Language at grade C/4. Equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills English Level 2 or National 5 English grade C, will also be accepted. For applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK, the standard requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5.
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