A conservatoire education
Ten years ago, we became the first UK conservatoire to deliver a specialist degree course in Popular Music, and we’re still pioneers.
We don’t just treat you like a professional at Leeds College of Music – you are one. If you haven’t already, you’ll start your music career whilst you’re studying, and be ready to take it to the next step after graduation.
Music and Business
Focus is placed on developing technical proficiency and artistry, as well as enhancing musicological and critical listening skills.
Additional business focused modules are embedded throughout the programme, enabling you to forge a sustainable career in a highly competitive field.
Strong links with the music industry mean we are in constant contact with major labels like Sony/ATV, Universal, Polydor and Decca as well as local labels like Hide and Seek and the Leaf Label, and we regularly welcome them here for student showcases and discussions.
You’ll receive personally tailored, weekly one-to-one tuition with an expert in your specialism, alongside band work and a range of seminars and lectures.
Access to masterclasses from professional performers, songwriters, producers, managers and promoters will support your artistic development as well as sharpen your musical abilities.
We champion original material, and encourage you to take creative risks.
By the end of your popular music degree, you will be a specialist in your chosen discipline and will have established your individual artistic identity and voice as a musician, whilst possessing a breadth of understanding, knowledge and transferable skills that will support you throughout your future career.
Working alongside staff and students from other pathways, you’ll both lead and lend yourself to exciting independent projects. We have a close-knit community at the conservatoire which means you won’t have to look far to find a string quartet, brass section or promoter to help you manage your gigs.