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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 course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Jazz) 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 (Jazz).
From Level 4, 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.
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:
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.
- Accordion (classical)
- Banjo (tenor)
- Bassoon (Contra)
- Border Bagpipes
- Button Accordion
- Button Accordion (Traditional Music)
- Cello (Traditional Music)
- Clarinet (Bass)
- Clarinet (Jazz)
- Composition (Jazz)
- Cor anglais
- Double Bass
- Double Bass (Jazz)
- Drumkit (Jazz)
- Drums/Percussion (Jazz)
- Electric bass (jazz)
- Flute (Alto)
- Flute (Bass)
- Flute (Jazz)
- Flute (Traditional Music)
- Guitar (Acoustic)
- Guitar (Bass)
- Guitar (Classical)
- Guitar (Electric)
- Guitar (Jazz Acoustic)
- Guitar (Jazz Electric Bass)
- Guitar (Jazz)
- Guitar (Traditional Music)
- Highland Bagpipes
- Horn (French)
- Horn (Tenor)
- Mandolin (Traditional Music)
- Oboe d'amore
- Percussion (Ethnic Percussion & Drumset)
- Percussion (Jazz)
- Percussion (Latin American)
- Percussion (Orchestral) & Drumkit
- Piano (Jazz)
- Piano (Traditional Music)
- Piano Accordion
- Piano Accordion (Traditional Music)
- Saxophone (Alto)
- Saxophone (Alto) Jazz
- Saxophone (Baritone)
- Saxophone (Baritone) Jazz
- Saxophone (Bass)
- Saxophone (Jazz)
- Saxophone (Soprano)
- Saxophone (Soprano) Jazz
- Saxophone (Tenor)
- Saxophone (Tenor) Jazz
- Scots Song
- Scottish Harp
- Snare Drum
- Trombone (Bass)
- Trombone (Jazz)
- Trombone (Tenor)
- Trumpet (Bass)
- Trumpet (Jazz)
- Vibraphone (Jazz)
- Violin (Jazz)
- Voice (Alto)
- Voice (Alto/Mezzo) Opera
- Voice (Baritone)
- Voice (Bass)
- Voice (Bass-Baritone)
- Voice (Contralto)
- Voice (Counter-Tenor)
- Voice (Jazz)
- Voice (Male Soprano)
- Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
- Voice (Soprano)
- Voice (Tenor)
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)
Specialist Study Foundation (Composition / Performance)
Specialist Group Study Foundation (Composition / Performance)
Contextual Studies Foundation
Aural and Theory
Year 1 (Level 4)
Specialist Study 1 (Composition / Performance)
Specialist Group Study 1
Contextual Studies 1
Professional Studies 1: Working in the Creative Industries
Year 2 (Level 5)
Specialist Study 2 (Composition / Performance)
Specialist Group Study 2
Contextual Studies 2
Contextual Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
Arranging and Orchestration
Introduction to Music Technology
Music and Ideology
Music for the Moving Image
Performance with Electronics
Professional Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
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)
Specialist Study 3 (Composition / Performance)
Contextual Studies 3 optional modules, one of:
Composition and Production for Film and Television
Emerging Music Models
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
Module specifications can be found via the Leeds College of Music website:
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 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.
How to apply
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 audition 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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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
Please visit the international page on our website for further information: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/international-applicants/
|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 coursehttps://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/entry-requirements/
Additional entry requirements
Audition, Interview and Portfolio guides can be found on our website: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/audition-information/
Applicants are required to attend an audition for this course. Further details will be sent when your application has been received.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||5.5 in each components (IELTS Academic)|
In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.
Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.
Single specialism audition
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Recording (Applicants living overseas only)||No fee charged|
|At Leeds College of Music (All UK Applicants)||No fee charged|
Joint principal specialism audition
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Recording (Applicants living overseas only)||Not available at this location|
|At Leeds College of Music (All UK Applicants)||Not available at this location|
> Auditions for our UCAS Conservatoire courses will take place week commencing 28 October 2019 and week commencing 16 December 2019. Applicants must attend their given date. > Audition guides can be found on our website: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/audition-information/ > Leeds College of Music 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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|