BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

Study BA (Hons) Music (Classical) 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.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: 305F
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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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) modules focus on developing you as a professional classical 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Songwriting
  • Music for the Moving Image
  • Collaborative Composition
  • Music and Ideology
  • Performance with Electronics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Musical Direction
Professional Studies 2

You will choose one of the below options to study:

  • Business Start-up
  • Music Education in Practice (PR)
  • Instrumental Music Tuition
  • Self-Promotion & Marketing
  • Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
  • Concerts & Touring
  • Artistic Management
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.

Final Project

Indicative projects may include:

  • A 30 minute performance, which includes a professional level of branding, styling, stagecraft and deportment befitting the sense of occasion and size of project.
  • A 30 minute portfolio of original compositions, including vehicles for improvisation and ensemble interplay.
  • 6000-word assignment examining your specialist area in order to ascertain a contextual framework for your practice.
Contextual Studies 3

You will study one of the below options: Computer-Based Composition

  • Software Environments for Performance & Sound Creation
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Composition and Production for Film and TV
  • Composed Theatre
  • Extended Improvisation
  • Intercultural Music
  • Emerging Music Models
Professional Studies 3

You will study one of the below options:

  • Live Music Management
  • Community Music Project
  • Music Journalism
  • Business Leadership & Ethics
  • Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function
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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 only graduated from our classical music degree in 2014; he is now MD for The Dowsing Sound Collective in London, and currently MD for ‘Baddies: the Musical’ at the Unicorn theatre.  

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Dr Damien HarronCurriculum Leader: Classical Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

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Geraldine CassidySenior Lecturer: Classical Music

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

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Dr Carl VincentCurriculum Coordinator: Classical Music

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Leanne CodyAccompanist

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

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Dr Ben GauntSenior Lecturer: Classical Music, Music Production, Postgraduate Studies

Courses taught: Foundation Degree, BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MMus Creative Musician, Saturday Music School, Short Courses for young musicians

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Dr Adriana FesteuSenior Lecturer: Classical Music

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September
Validated by: University of Hull

Entry Requirements
  • 96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies, normally including Music. Can include music grade exams.
  • Grade 5 Theory or equivalent qualification
  • Performers - Grade 8 standard in specialist study instrument/voice
  • Composers - Grade 6 standard in specialist study instrument/voice

Read full entry requirements.

How to apply

Apply via: UCAS Conservatoires
UCAS Code: 305F
UCAS Institution Code: L31
Application Deadline: 3 October 2016 – we are still accepting applications
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Audition information
UK applicants to Classical degrees at Leeds College of Music will need to complete an audition.
Read the audition guide.

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

2017/18 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), £14,500 (International Students)

Fees are per academic year and may be subject to government-approved increases in future years.
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Scholarships & bursaries

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