BA (Hons) Music (Folk)

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Folk) at Leeds College of Music

Our global approach to folk music explores traditional music from the British Isles and all around the world, expanding it through innovative performance, composition, arrangement and recording techniques.

 

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  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: W309 - 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 oral tradition and its interpretation through different cultures and musicians. You’ll discover how different folk styles evolved in different communities and nations, and how traditions have been created and preserved.

Experiment and innovate

From this grounding in traditional music you will experiment with other genres and cultural identities, forming and joining innovative ensembles, building your repertoire in performance or composition. You’ll also capture field recordings and collaborate with students from other pathways.

Live music scene

Leeds has an eclectic folk scene, with a wealth of opportunities to perform in well-known venues, including the Howard Assembly Rooms, Seven Arts, Brudenell Social Club and The Grove.

Conservatoire education

With one-to-one and group tuition from experts in your specialism, you will learn to master the complexities of rhythm, melody and harmony. You will also apply theory creatively and explore contextual studies that enhance your musicianship.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (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 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

Jim MorayPrincipal Lecturer: Folk

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Pete FloodPrincipal Lecturer (Folk)

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archie churchill moss melodeon tutor at leeds college of music folk
Archie Churchill-MossSenior Lecturer (Folk)

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Rachael Sutcliffe
Rachael SutcliffeProgramme Leader: Folk

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Stuart McCallum
Stuart McCallumPrincipal Lecturer: Popular 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

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)).

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Audition Information

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

Read the audition guide

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: W309
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.

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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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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