About Leeds College of Music

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We are a leading multidisciplinary conservatoire

Leeds College of Music (LCoM) is the largest specialist conservatoire in the UK, delivering expert music and performing arts education to a community of over 1200 students. Our broad offering spans undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Junior LCoM for young musicians and performers. 

Situated in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, LCoM is artistically ambitious, quality-driven and industry-focused, placing strong emphasis on developing career-ready musicians, performers, producers and entrepreneurs.

Leeds has a vibrant music and arts culture, which is evident across the city, both via its strong independent creative scene, and the region’s leading cultural institutions, making it the perfect backdrop to studying creative arts.

The conservatoire also hosts an eclectic, year-round programme of performances and masterclasses, as well as larger scale conferences and events. 

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A pioneering conservatoire

The conservatoire opened in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, providing a Light Music course with a significant focus on Jazz. In 1993 Leeds College of Music launched the first Jazz degree in Europe, and in 2004 we became the first UK conservatoire to offer Popular Music, Music Production and later Music Business.

Now over 50 years on since our inception, we offer a diverse portfolio of music and performing arts degrees spanning Popular Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Music Production, Music Business, Film Music, Songwriting, Folk, Musical Theatre, Acting and Actor Musician, and foundation degrees in Music Production and Electronic Music Production.

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An industry-focussed conservatoire

With state-of-the-art facilities, expert staff, and professional opportunities whilst you study, the conservatoire champions relevant and innovative training that equips you with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a perpetually evolving industry. We are an All-Steinway School and a Roland Academy in association with Roland UK. 

We have strong partnerships to support your study, which offer students opportunities to work with professionals in industry settings, network with peers or perform at high profile events. Our partnerships include Opera North, Backstage Academy, Leeds Playhouse, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Ivors Academy, Sound City Festival, Leeds Festival, ERASMUS and the International Songwriting Camp, amongst many others.  

Our enterprise department also offers students a range of paid and experiential opportunities, including a Musicians’ Booking Agency, artist and business development support and funding opportunities for promotional assets and additional training.

Leeds College of Music alumni enjoy a range of careers in the creative industries as performers, producers, composers, entrepreneurs and more.

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An accessible conservatoire

LCoM prides itself on making conservatoire education accessible to all. In 2019, we became the first UK conservatoire to remove audition fees for all courses. In addition, we provide travel bursaries to those from low-income households, in order to ensure that our application process is open to all.

In 2018/19, almost half of our students were supported with LCoM bursaries during their studies, awarded to those from lower income households, selected based on academic and musical ability.

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