BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

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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.

This course has places in Clearing for September 2019. If you have your results and want to study this course, please fill in our Clearing application form.

 


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Course Overview

A conservatoire education

You will develop as a performer through one-to-one tuition throughout your studies, as well as broaden your understanding and knowledge, giving you the opportunity to define classical music for the next generation.

Inspirational teaching

Our conservatoire education is characterised by inspirational training with experts in your specialism, all supported by bespoke workshops and masterclasses by high-level visiting musicians.

A culture of collaboration

There are many opportunities for collaboration, such as working with our Production students in the studios, lending your talents to live scores for our Film Music students, playing in the pit band with Musical Theatre students or performing with students from our Pop, Folk and Songwriting pathways.

Career destinations

Graduates from Classical degrees at Leeds College of Music have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Opera Singers, Recording Artists and Musical Directors. Find out more in our Alumni section.

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 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

Damien Harron
Dr Damien HarronProgramme Leader: Classical

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Geraldine Cassidy
Geraldine CassidySenior Lecturer: Classical Music

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Dr Carl VincentCurriculum Manager: Classical

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Leanne CodyAccompanist

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Ben Gaunt, Senior Lecturer in Classical Music, Music Production, Postgraduate Studies
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 2019
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document 2019/20

Course Key Information Document 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements:

96 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)

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard of Grade 8 (commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School (as appropriate for the pathway)).

Composers/songwriters 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.

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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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No Audition Fees

We believe in making conservatoire training accessible to all. That is why there are no audition fees from 2020 for any LCoM courses, and travel bursaries are available to applicants from low income households.

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How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS Conservatoires
UCAS Code: 305F
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 some of our courses at this stage, please get in touch to find out more.

Read our step-by-step application guide

Tuition Fees

2019/20 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), £16,500 (International Students - subject to Board approval)

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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Combined Honours

Classical Music can also be taken as part of a Combined Honours degree. We are the only UK conservatoire to offer this type of combined degree where throughout all three years you will take specialist study modules in your first pathway and specialist group study in your second.

Combined Honours degrees featuring Classical Music are:

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BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

If you know that conservatoire study is for you, but you don’t think that you’ll meet the academic or musical entry requirements, our four-year courses are an excellent opportunity to start studying your degree while you focus on your musical development.

An extra year of access to our creative and collaborative environment, excellent facilities, expert staff and rich performance opportunities will build your confidence as a conservatoire musician.

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