BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Jazz)

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Jazz) 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 Popular and your Specialist Group Study modules in Jazz.

 

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  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: 2Q4A - Apply through UCAS - Institution Code: L30
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

Career-focus

If you haven’t already, you’ll start your music career whilst you’re studying, and be ready to take it to the next step after graduation. In addition to one-to-one tuition and band work, you’ll access masterclasses from professional performers, songwriters, producers, managers and promoters, supporting your artistic development as well as sharpening your creative voice.

Industry links

Strong links with the music industry mean that we are in constant contact with major labels such as Universal, Polydor and Decca, as well as local labels like Hide and Seek and Leaf Label, and we regularly welcome them here for student showcases and discussions. Our industry relationships have also seen our students perform at Sound City, Live at Leeds, Eurosonic and on the BBC.

Artistic Identity

We champion original material, and encourage you to take creative risks. By the end of your popular music degree, you will be a specialist in your chosen discipline and will have established your individual artistic identity and voice as a musician, whilst possessing a breadth of understanding, knowledge and transferable skills that will support you throughout your future career.

Live music scene

Leeds has an incredible live music scene, and our students are performing in it every day of the week, from gigs at the legendary Brudenell Social Club and Belgrave Music Hall, to open mic nights at Oporto, Nation of Shopkeepers and a multitude of other venues. Our regular Friday night showcase, Crosswire, presents some of our best pop and production artists, and our students and alumni have taken the stage at major festivals, including Live at Leeds, Leeds Festival, Tramlines and SXSW.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Jazz) modules focus on developing you as a professional musician through one-to-one instrumental tuition, ensemble study, and creative projects. In addition, the contextual studies strand of study will develop your awareness of the environments within which you create music, and the professional studies strand will develop your core business skills. Other optional modules will introduce additional cross-genre skills.

Specialist Study 1

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

Specialist Study 1 - Module Specification

Specialist Group Study 1

You will develop a strong foundation in ensemble performance. Issues of style and repertoire will be discussed and taught, alongside a developing awareness of rehearsal etiquette and good practice.

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 Advanced Rhythmic Concepts, Arranging with Loops, Collaborative Composition, Debating Music and Jazz Harmony in Pop Songwriting.

Creative Project - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 1

You will develop composition, musicology and aural skills through the examination of repertoire, styles, concepts and discourse to better understand the effect of these on society. You will investigate the parameters through which we consume and construct music, how we communicate their use, the social, commercial and contextual issues surrounding them, and the manner in which we can employ these parameters to the craft of composition.

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

Through continued one-to-one tuition, you will further develop your understanding of the techniques and skills of musical performance, demonstrating further technical command in their execution. You will realise and develop your emerging musical voice and perform with appropriate expression, creativity and presentation.

Specialist Study 2 - 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.

Specialist Group Study 2 - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 2

You will further enhance your composition, musicology and aural skills. Topics include music and politics, cultural and technological influences on popular composition, compositional appropriation, song editing, collaborative approaches and comparative analysis.

Contextual Studies 2 - Module Specification

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

Specialist Study 3

With more one-to-one tuition, you will continue to work on developing your own creative voice as an instrumentalist/vocalist, leading to the presentation of a stylistically informed public performance.

Specialist Study 3 - 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.

Malaika Shaw

Alumni Profile

Malaika Shaw

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Popular)

Year of Graduation: 2013

Combining Jazz, Soul and Pop, Malaika has accelerated her own exposure, seeking out opportunities for unsigned artists like the local Trinity Sessions to BBC Introducing, and fervently working to maintain good coverage as an artist.

Within her first year of performing she received airplay on BBC Radio, supported X-Factor Finalist Luke Friend and was hand-picked by Jamie Cullum to perform at The Montreal International Jazz Festival 2015.

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Danny Cope
Danny CopeProgramme Leader: Songwriting

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Popular), BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting)

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Anna Uhuru
Anna UhuruCurriculum Manager: Popular

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

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Steve Fishwick
Steve FishwickPrincipal Lecturer: Jazz

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

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Adam Martin
Dr Adam MartinCurriculum Manager: Popular & Songwriting

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

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Jack Harbord
Dr Jack HarbordProgramme Leader: Popular

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Popular), BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting)

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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)).

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 Popular 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
UCAS Code: 92Q4A
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Application Deadline: The UCAS deadline for equal consideration is Tuesday 15 January 2019, but we may still accept applications after this date.

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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, as well as a comprehensive library of instruments, mics and recording equipment, that are all available until 3am during term-time.

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