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Leeds College of Music

Music (Popular) with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: W3W2

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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

64

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.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Popular music performance

History of music

Popular music

Applied music and musicianship

Leeds College of Music is at the centre of the thriving Leeds music scene in a city tightly packed with music venues, from small intimate bars to major touring venues. The Popular Music programme thrives off this scene and any night of the week LCoM students can be found all over the city performing and earning their place in its energised, diverse, and pioneering music culture.

The Popular Music faculty is first class, highly experienced, and reflect the diverse background and tastes of our Popular Music students. They work together to help you find your creative voice and develop as a unique, driven, and professional popular musician. In addition to your classes, we invite world class industry experts to share their knowledge, expertise, and experience with you in weekly masterclasses, workshops, and performances.

This course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Popular) 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, as well as skills development in ensemble work, 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 (Popular).

From level 4 your learning is shaped through one-to-one tuition, band work, lectures and seminars. This very practical course supports your development into a highly skilled specialist performer. Focus is placed on developing technical proficiency and artistry, as well as enhancing compositional, musicological and critical listening skills. Additional business focused modules are embedded throughout the programme, enabling students to forge a successful and sustainable career in a highly competitive field.

Modules

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 Performance Foundation
Specialist Group Study Performance Foundation
Contextual Studies Foundation
Musicianship Skills
Aural and Theory

Year 1 (Level 4)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Performance 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 Performance 2
Specialist Group Study 2
Contextual 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 Performance 3
Final Project

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
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 found via the Leeds College of Music website:
https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/undergraduate-courses/ba-hons-music-popular-with-foundation-year/

Assessment methods

The course is assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the diversity of creative and professional practice. Assessment methods include performances, audio recordings, presentations, technical tests, essays, oral exams, and portfolios. 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leeds College of Music

Department:

Music

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What students say


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Popular music performance
76%
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History of music
76%
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Popular music
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Applied music and musicianship

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Music

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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