BA (Hons) Music (Folk with Popular)

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

 

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  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: W318 - Apply through UCAS - Institution Code: L30
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

Folk origins

As a performer, composer, or both, you will explore folk music from its origins in the oral tradition and its interpretation through different cultures and musicians. You’ll discover the different functions of folk music and how traditions have evolved in different communities and nations, and how those traditions have been preserved.

Artistic identity

We champion original material, and encourage you to take creative risks. By the end of your Folk with 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, The Grove and Belgrave Music Hall, to acoustic 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, Cambridge Folk Festival, Underneath the Stars Festival, Tramlines and SXSW.

Career destinations

Graduates from Leeds College of Music have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Award-winning Folk artists, Film Scorers, Record Label owners and Producers. Find out more in our Alumni section.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Folk with Popular) 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

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 Film Music, Crash Course in Big Band Arranging, Location Recording, Practical Crowdfunding and Live Vocal Sessions.

Creative Project - Module Specification

Contextual Studies 1

You will develop compositional/performance understanding through musicological analysis and formal frameworks. Through the examination of repertoire from global folk traditions and their styles, you will investigate the parameters through which we assess and construct music including the consideration of how we communicate, their impact on commercial constricts, and the manner in which we can employ these parameters to the craft of composition and/or performance.

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 compositional/performance understanding, undertaking a detailed examination of repertoire, its style, effects on society and cultural influences through a number of defined analytical frameworks. Through the analysis of global repertoire, you will apply analytical approaches to seminal works, significant musicians (their place in society), and compositional techniques along with their reception.

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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Careers

Our alumni go on to win awards, tour and record as part of bands and ensembles, and have diverse careers in and out of the music industry.

Careers Include
  • Session musician
  • Touring musician
  • Music Producer
  • Band leader
Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Rachael Sutcliffe
Rachael SutcliffeProgramme Leader: Folk

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Folk)

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Jim MorayPrincipal Lecturer: Folk

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Folk)

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Jacquelyn HynesSenior Lecturer (Folk)

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Folk)

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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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Anna UhuruCurriculum Manager: Popular

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

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Folk musician and principal lecturer Jim Moray also hosts a podcast in which he talks to key figures in the folk scene. Past podcasts have featured visiting lecturer Sam Sweeney, and fellow lecturer Nancy Kerr.

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

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:

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)).

Read full entry requirements.

Audition Information

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

See audition information

Audition fees will no longer be charged for any Undergraduate course at Leeds College of Music. If you are from a household with an income of less than £25,000, and would like to apply for a refund of your travel costs, please download further information and an application form here.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: W318
UCAS Institution Code: L30
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.

Read our step-by-step application guide

 

Fees & Funding
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

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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