BA (Hons) Music (Classical) with Foundation Year

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Classical) with Foundation Year at Leeds College of Music

We believe that being a classical musician today involves mastery of technique, creative application of theory and adaptability – making you at home in any musical context – and our Foundation Year route will give you an extra year to focus on your musical development.

 


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Course Overview

A conservatoire education

Built around a mixture of one-to-one tuition, ensemble work and seminars, this highly performance-based degree course supports your development into a fine specialist performer or composer, focusing on technique, artistic development and the commercial skills to earn a living in a highly competitive field.

A culture of collaboration

We want you to explore a variety of influences and genres, and whether you want to join our Chamber Orchestra, experiment with a cross-genre ensemble, or play on recordings for our Film Music students, you’ll be immersed in a culture that encourages you to collaborate with a range of musicians and art forms.

Broad perspective

Working alongside degree students from other pathways will also broaden your perspective. You could be recorded by Production students, develop your improvisation techniques with Jazz students or bounce ideas off Business students – keeping you adaptable and current.

Perform

Students play a vital part in the concert season, with many of the conservatoire's ensembles appearing in an eclectic programme that encompasses jazz, classical, contemporary, and world music, orchestral, choral and big band concerts and small ensemble and solo recitals. The concert season allows students to rub shoulders with global names through showcasing the work of graduates and alumni alongside emerging and international artists.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Classical) with Foundation Year modules focus on developing you as a professional musician through one-to-one tuition, ensemble study and creative projects. The professional studies strand will develop your core business skills, and other optional modules will introduce additional cross-genre skills.

Specialist Study Foundation

You will receive specialist tuition with a focus on developing your instrumental/vocal performance or composition and guiding you towards stylistically accurate performance of a range of repertoire.

Specialist Study Foundation (Composition) - Module Specification
Specialist Study Foundation (Performance) -  Module Specification

Specialist Group Study Foundation

You will develop your ability and knowledge in respect of classical music performance within the context of small ensembles. You will develop musical, instrumental, communication and team building skills and a range of repertoire from a variety of styles and periods will be introduced. In this module, composition students will explore aspects such as digital music notation, audio editing and manipulation, MIDI sequencing/editing, and mixing.

Specialist Group Study Foundation (Composition) - Module Specification
Specialist Group Study Foundation (Performance) - Module Specification

Aural and Theory

You will gain a breadth of understanding in order to provide context for your specialism, and will be given the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to creative tasks. Aural topics include singing at sight, improvisation, aural identification and interpretation of melodic material, chord sequences and rhythms, identification and analysis of key stylistic traits and forms.

Aural and Theory - Module Specification

Musicianship Skills

You will study one of the topics listed below, based on identified areas for your development:

  • Theory
  • Composition
  • Technology
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Creative Performance Techniques

Musicianship Skills - Module Specification

Contextual Studies Foundation

You will develop musicology, composition, and creative skills through the examination and exploration of repertoire, key historical and cultural concepts and creative collaboration. Study is divided into three themes: general musicology, pathway-specific repertoire analysis & composition, and creative workshops.

Contextual Studies Foundation - Module Specification

Specialist Study 1

Through one-to-one tuition and small group work you will learn and develop the fundamentals of composition or instrumental/vocal performance, as well as developing existing skills in technique and musicianship and building your specialist composition or performance skills.

Specialist Study 1 (Composition) - Module Specification
Specialist Study 1 (Performance) - Module Specification

Specialist Group Study 1

You will develop a strong foundation in ensemble performance and/or composition. Issues of style and repertoire will be discussed and taught, alongside a developing awareness of rehearsal etiquette and good practice. Composers will be specifically composing for group ensembles.

Specialist Group Study 1 - Module Specification

Creative Project

You will choose from the project menu and have the opportunity to collaborate with students and tutors from other pathways. Previous projects have included Opera, Creative Piano Techniques, Ear and Pitch Development, Latin Ensemble and The Composer in the Community.

Creative Project - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 1

You will develop composition, musicology and critical listening skills through a detailed examination of repertoire and its style and effects on the development of classical music. Study is divided into four themes: different voices; rhythmic language and devices; melodic development; harmonic language and function. Within these study areas you will evaluate key works, musicians, compositional techniques, reception and environment in detail.

Contextual Studies 1 - Module Specification

Professional Studies 1

Working in the Creative Industries

You will be introduced to the professional framework and mechanisms of the creative industries, focusing on developing your project management skills and understanding the legal and commercial issues likely to impact on your future employability. You will also develop your core information, digital and media literacies.

Working in the Creative Industries - Module Specification

Specialist Study 2

You will further develop your understanding of the techniques and skills of musical composition/performance, showing a technical command in their execution. You will realise and develop your emerging musical voice and perform with appropriate expression, creativity and presentation, or apply these skills to your compositions.

Specialist Study 2 (Composition) - Module Specification
Specialist Study 2 (Performance) - Module Specification

Specialist Group Study 2

You will be expected to take responsibility for your contribution to both the rehearsal process and performance in addition to demonstrating greater technical command in regard to the range of skills appropriate to the chosen musical idiom. Composers will be specifically composing and/or arranging for group ensembles.

Specialist Group Study 2 - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 2

You will further enhance your musicology and critical listening skills. Study is divided into four themes: repetition; virtuosity; music and theatre; technology and music. Within these study areas you will evaluate key works, musicians, compositional techniques, reception and environment in detail.

Contextual Studies 2 - Module Specification

You will also choose one of the below options to study:

Specialist Study 3

Performers will deliver a stylistically informed performance with a command of appropriate musical and repertoire skills, leading to the presentation of a public performance. Composers will have the opportunity to compose ambitious pieces and to have a highly developed awareness of your compositional identity and to be able to apply this in a consistent and focused manner.

Specialist Study 3 (Composition) - Module Specification
Specialist Study 3 (Performance) - Module Specification

Final Project

This module is designed to offer students flexibility in their final year by providing opportunity to delve deeper into a specialism specific to their course and interests.

Final Project - Module Specification

These module specifications are for applicants choosing to start their course in the 2019/20 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications by September 2019.

Sam Sommerfeld

Alumni Profile

Sam Sommerfeld

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)
Year of Graduation: 2015

A skilled conductor and musical director, Sam has worked in theatres across the UK with a variety of people in educational and professional groups.

While in Leeds, Sam stepped up to work as a freelancer on larger musical platforms, conducting the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and working at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Sam is currently Associate Musical Director on The Last Ship, a new musical with music and lyrics written by Sting.

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

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Dr Damien HarronProgramme Leader: Classical

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

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Alfia NakipbekovaPrincipal Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MMus Creative Musician

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Jakob FichertPrincipal Lecturer: Classical Music, Postgraduate Studies

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MMus Creative Musician (1:1 tutor)

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 4 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2019
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document

Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements:

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.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

Other entry requirements:

a. Performance standard (assessed at audition)

Applicants are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard of Grade 6 (commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School (as appropriate for the pathway)).

b. Musical theory standard (assessed at audition)

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.

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Audition Information

UK applicants to Classical degrees at Leeds College of Music will need to complete an audition.

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A refund of audition fee and travel costs may be available for applicants from low income households.

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How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS Conservatoires
UCAS Code: W30F
UCAS Institution Code: L31
Application Deadline: The UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires equal consideration (‘on time’) deadlines have now passed. We are still accepting applications for all of our courses at this stage although this may change at short notice as places fill up.

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Tuition Fees

2019/20 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), TBC (International Students)

Leeds College of Music will charge the maximum permitted tuition fee, and these fees may increase with inflation in subsequent years.  However, tuition fee levels are currently under review by the Government and the outcome is not likely to be known until at least Spring 2019. We will provide further information as soon as possible.

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Scholarships & bursaries

Leeds College of Music provides a range of additional Scholarships and Bursaries.

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International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
Facilities

Our students have access to over 70 bookable rooms, including teaching rooms, practice rooms, and bespoke ensemble rehearsal spaces, all of which are open until 3am. We host performances in our 350-seat auditorium The Venue and 120-seat Recital Room and our All-Steinway School status means that over 95% of our pianos come from the Steinway family.

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