Keep Your Options Open, Choose Music

Inspiring talks and workshops in Leeds schools for musicians in years 8-11

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The University of Leeds and Leeds College of Music are working in collaboration to offer this programme which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of studying music and exciting options for studying beyond school. Your students will take part in group seminars, meet current students, and find out about courses on offer and have the opportunity to discover the exciting facilities available at both establishments!


  • Venue: Leeds College of Music & University of Leeds
  • Fee: Free
  • Age: 13 - 16

Would you like more of your students to study music?

Leeds College of Music and the University of Leeds can support your school in promoting music as a viable subject option to your students and their families. 

We offer a programme of talks and workshops for students and their families in your school, raising awareness of the benefits of music, how it opens doors, and can support young people on whatever path they choose to follow in life.

Talks are available for students who are about to choose their options or for students in years 10 and 11 with an interest in music. A talk can be also booked for your options evening.

In addition, students will also be able to experience a range of courses available with visits to LCoM and The University of Leeds on Saturday afternoons. These workshops will promote how studying music helps develop a varied and versatile skill set that enhances employability.

Developed in collaboration with Leeds Music Education Partnership, staff and students from Leeds College of Music and the University of Leeds will facilitate the sessions.

 Please note that at present we are only able to offer these workshops to Leeds Schools. 

To book a  visit, please get in touch with us using the booking form link at the top of the page. 

Part 2 Workshops for Students at LCoM and University of Leeds

This part of the project will involve six Saturday workshops either held at the Leeds College of Music or the University of Leeds. The students taking part can opt to attend all six workshops, where space is available, or they can attend one or more of their preferred sessions. Details of booking will be provided at the school talks. See below for examples of workshops.

The final session will involve a performance workshop and a celebration event students can showcase their work to friends and family.

Film Music 

Are your students a budding John Williams or Hans Zimmer? Would they like to know more about film music technique? Get them involved and join our tutor to create their own collaborative score to a classic film extract. In this workshop they will work with other musicians, learning compositional techniques, and secrets employed by famous film composers. No prior knowledge is necessary, just an open mind and a love of film.

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Synthesiser Ensemble

Are you a fan of electronic music? In this session you will experiment with an analogue synthesiser to learn the basics of sound synthesis. You will learn how to use these instruments to shape a range of different sounds, similar to those that can be heard in your favourite pop and dance music. Later in the workshop we will form a synthesiser ensemble and create a short performance. 

Performance Workshop and Music Showcase 

Have you ever thought about performing music as a career? Perhaps you love making music but don’t know what to do with it after school? In this session, you will learn about what opportunities there are available for budding musicians to perform past education and how to develop your skills to better take advantage of them. You will have the chance to practice exercises in building confidence and working in a team, both essential requirements to be a performer! There will also be a discussion about the ‘behind the scenes’ of performing, and how best to market yourself as a performer, all extremely useful if you want to make it in the performing world

This project has been developed in partnership with Leeds College of Music, Leeds Education Partnership, and the University of Leeds. 


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