BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Folk)

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Folk) 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 Folk.

 


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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 course, which gives opportunities for collaboration with Folk and Traditional music, will shape you into a forward thinking, creative artist, grounded in the tradition but with a hunger to take music to new dimensions.

A culture of collaboration

We want you to explore a variety of influences and genres, and whether you want to join our Chamber Orchestra, play in the LCoM Folk Ensemble, perform on strings for our Big Band, 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.

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, folk and traditional 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.

Career destinations

Graduates from Jazz degrees at Leeds College of Music have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Recording Artists, Band Leaders, Composers, and Performers. Find out more in our Alumni section.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Folk) 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. 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 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 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 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.

Meet our alumni

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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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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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 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 Jazz degrees will need to attend an audition.

Applicants combining Jazz with another pathway will also need to prepare a portfolio to bring to the audition.

Please see our Jazz Audition Requirements for more information.

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 Conservatoires
UCAS Code: W317
UCAS Institution Code: L31
Application Deadline: The UCAS Conservatoires equal consideration (‘on time’) deadline was 1 October 2019. We are still accepting applications for all of our courses, although this may change at short notice as places fill up.

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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 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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