BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Production)

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Study BA Hons Music (Jazz with Production) at Leeds College of Music

Develop your skillset in more than one subject area and study with a wider range of expert staff. You’ll take your Specialist Study modules in Jazz and your Specialist Group Study modules in Production software.

 


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Course Overview

Forward thinking

Led by Curriculum Leader, Jamil Sheriff, and supported by a host of renowned jazz musicians and qualified teaching practitioners, our jazz pathway is one of the finest in Europe. This highly collaborative course will shape you into a forward thinking, creative artist, grounded in the tradition but with a hunger to take music to new dimensions.

 Improvisation

Improvisation is the very essence of jazz, and a way of life at Leeds College of Music. We provide a uniquely supportive and collaborative space in which you can explore, experiment and create your own unique sound. 

World-class facilities

You’ll have access to six Apple Mac Labs, equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, as well as numerous composition, rehearsal and performance spaces. All of these facilities are open until 3am during term-time, giving you a dedicated, flexible environment in which to develop your producing, performing and composition skills, as well as becoming well-versed in Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton, Max/MSP and other software.

Specialise

As well as one-to-one tuition with experts in your specialism, you will form innovative ensembles, develop composition, musicology and critical listening skills, and receive expert advice and instruction from illustrious performers, composers and music industry professionals.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Production) 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 capabilities.

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

Working in computer labs, you will explore the functionality and operation of principal DAW software. Topics may include; digital audio principles (sample rate, bit depth, Niquist Theorem etc.), audio editing and manipulation including Flex time/Elastic Audio, Editing, Beat Detective,   Dynamic and FX processing utilising software, plug-ins, MIDI sequencing and Editing, MIDI controllers, Software Instruments, Mixing in the DAW environment.

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 Generation Big Band, Indian Rhythms, arranging large ensemble music for concerts, delivering jazz workshops in schools and Sound Painting.

Creative Project - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 1

You will develop aural, analytical, and transcription skills and key historical and cultural concepts necessary to evaluate and contextualise jazz repertoire. Topics include notation and analytical methods, forms and variations, rhythm and poly-rhythm, harmonic pattern and progression, stylistic arrangement and technology and its impact.

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 learn how to operate and manage sequencing, sampling and synthesis software/applications intended for use in music production. These may include applications such as Pro Tools, EastWest and other sample libraries and music editing software. You will explore the advanced functionality, operation and processes of principal DAW software.

Specialist Group Study 2 - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 2

You will further enhance your aural, analytical, and transcription skills, knowledge of repertoire, style and context as applied to making and creating music. Topics include compositional techniques, with reception and environment evaluated in greater detail, such as jazz and identity and jazz as art music.

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.

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Alumni Profile

John Waugh

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)
Year of Graduation: 2010

 As well as teaching music vocabulary and improvisation, Jazz (2010) graduate John Waugh is a recording and touring saxophonist with chart-topping indie-rock band The 1975.

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Course Tutors

Jamil Sheriff
Jamil SheriffProgramme Leader: Jazz

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

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Lauren KinsellaPrincipal Lecturer: Jazz

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

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Alexander MacDonald HallidayCurriculum Manager: Foundation Degrees

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Production), FdA Music Production, FdA Electronic Music Production, Short Courses

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Combined Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2019
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document

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 and interview)

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition and interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played / included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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Audition Information

UK applicants to Jazz 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: 908F
UCAS Institution Code: L31
Application Deadline: We are accepting late applications through UCAS Conservatoires.

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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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Facilities

We have over 70 teaching rooms, practice rooms and bespoke ensemble rehearsal spaces that are all open until 3am. Our library and jazz archive contain over 10,000 CDs, 8,000 LPs and 18,000 items of printed music, and we’re an All-Steinway School, meaning that 95% of our pianos come from the Steinway family.

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