- Accordion (classical)
- Banjo (tenor)
- Bassoon (Contra)
Leeds Conservatoire has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
We believe that being a classical musician today involves mastery of technique, creative application of theory and adaptability – making you at home in any musical context – and the Foundation Year route at Leeds Conservatoire will give you an extra year to focus on your musical development. There are numerous opportunities to perform with core ensembles such as Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Choir, Opera and opportunities 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 is on challenging students to achieve highly, but supporting and nurturing them also. This course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Classical) except that the extra Foundation Year allows for students who need an extra year of study to achieve the standard of our entry requirements for the 3-year BA. The Foundation Year modules include one to one tuition on your principal instrument/voice/composition, as well as skills development in ensemble work (or group composition), music theory and aural skills. Contextual Studies focuses on the repertoire of your chosen pathway, as well as cross pathway musicology and practical and collaborative sessions focusing on creative skills. The Musicianship Skills modules allows all students who have completed their Grade 5 theory prior to the start of the course to choose an elective module to supplement the core curriculum. The list of options includes subjects like music technology, keyboard skills, pathway specific composition and creative performance techniques. On completion of the Foundation Year you will continue to Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Music (Classical). From Level 4 one to one 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. 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.
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:
Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.
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.
The BA (Hons) Music (Classical) with Foundation Year 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 skills. The programme has strands in Specialist Study and Contextual Studies that span the four levels of the programme, as well as a Professional Studies strand throughout Levels 4, 5 and 6. Students focus primarily on their Specialist Study. Foundation Year (Level 3) Compulsory modules: Specialist Study Foundation Specialist Group Study Foundation Contextual Studies Foundation Musicianship Skills Aural and Theory 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, a Practice in Context Research Project or Musical Direction/Conducting for their Final Project module. Contextual Studies 3 optional modules, one of: Composed Theatre Composition and Production for Film and Television Computer-Based Composition Electroacoustic 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-ClassFY-UCAS
The course 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 and written work. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Musicianship Skills, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 3, 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.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
1 October*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
*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.
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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The following entry points are available for this course:
Please visit the international page on our website for further information: http://bit.ly/UCAS-international-apply
|UCAS Tariff||64 points||64 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||A minimum of 3 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 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
Applicants are required to attend an audition for this course. Further details will be sent when your application has been received.
Audition, Interview and Portfolio guides can be found on our website: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition
|IELTS (Academic)||6||5.5 in each component (IELTS Academic)|
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.
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Online portfolio submission (All applicants)||No fee charged|
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Online portfolio submission (All applicants)||Not available at this location|
> 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.
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|