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Within the unique multi-genre environment that is Leeds College of Music, this highly practical and creative course offers the opportunity to be trained as a 21st Century classical musician. Although the study of classical music at LCoM affords many opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, this course is strongly focused on gaining a thorough understanding of classical music. 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. LCoM 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.
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) & Timpani
- 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)
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:
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 accessed 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 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.
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|