LJC Sings (Ages 11 - 18 / Years 7 - 13)

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Applications for 2022/23 for existing students will open after Easter and applications for new students will open in May.

LJC Sings provides young people the opportunity to develop their vocal skills through access to high quality training and facilities. Raise your aspirations and confidence alongside dedicated vocalists like you. 

Students are enrolled as a junior member of Leeds Conservatoire.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 30 Saturdays
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £1,040 (4 hour programme)
  • Age: Ages 11-18 / Years 7 - 13
  • Study Mode: Part time

About the course

Students will sing in a small vocal group, participate in a vocal workshop exploring a range of vocal styles, and take musicianship classes, developing instrumental and musical skills.

They will meet other like minded young singers and have the chance to perform in a professional venue.

Overview

  • 4 lesson programme: one vocal ensemble, one industry insights workshop, vocal specific musicianship option, one additional general musicianship class

Students take part in a small vocal ensemble. 

We have a large variety of ensembles at Leeds Junior Conservatoire, with genres including jazz, pop, classical, folk, rock and metal.  Each ensemble is led by one of our talented professional tutors, who have a wealth of teaching experience as well as active performing careers.  Students develop their listening, arranging, composition and improvisation skills, and learn how to rehearse and perform as a group.

Sings Workshops give students experience singing in different genres led by visiting external practitioners

This area of the course broadens students ears and vocal range into genres they might not have thought about singing in before. The workshops are led by industry professionals in their relevant genre. 

In the past two years we have covered:

  • Jazz
  • Primal Sound (creating sounds using just your voice)
  • Musical Theatre
  • Bollywood
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Songwriting

Sings students all take part in vocal specific musicianship classes.

This session provides students with tips and insights into key areas of being a vocalist beyond just vocal techniques and repertoire. Below is a list of example sessions from the past two years:

  • How to rehearse, work and lead a band
  • Vocal microphones and specific techniques when using them
  • How to find your starting note
  • How to accompany yourself
  • Why theory is important for singers
  • Understanding a variety of musical language to use when working with different bands
  • A Cappella vs Accompanied
  • Being a singer in today's music industry
  • Vocal health/tips/taking care of your voice

Students will also be able to choose between musical theatre singing, keyboard skills, music production, theory or composition.   

Keyboard Skills

In keyboard skills we explore music of all eras and genres through the keyboard. Every term the students learn and perform pieces of music, either by sight or by ear.

For example, students have learned to play themes from The Entertainer by Joplin, Somewhere Only We Know by Keane, Offenbach’s Barcarolle and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (1st mov), as well as learning how to improvise using the blues scale.  

Students sometimes work solo but often in pairs or groups which improves timing and crucial listening skills as well as promoting problem solving and team work. Each lesson involves showing their work to the group which develops a confident, mature approach to performing.

We also study chords, scales and modes as well as ear skills and sight reading.

Emphasis is placed not just on technical ability but on developing a sensitive, creative and insightful approach to the context and interpretation of the music. 

Theory

Music theory is the language of musicians and the foundation of all music. It helps students understand how all music styles work and why they sound a certain way.

At Leeds Junior Conservatoire we work alongside the ABRSM and London College of Music theory curricula meaning that students will gain an understanding of intervals, scales, and keys, helping students understand why particular notes are used together, or why some keys use sharps and flats.

If students have an understanding of how written music works they will find playing in ensembles or bands much easier and are likely to progress further in their musical education. This foundational understanding will make it easier for students to learn new instruments or even compose music themselves.

Our aim at Leeds Junior Conservatoire is to make theory lessons enjoyable and fun for all involved and for students to gain the knowledge needed to become well rounded musicians.

Composition & Arranging

Learning to compose is both an important part of a young performer's 'musical diet', and a rewarding endeavour in itself.

The Leeds Junior Conservatoire Composition and Arranging classes provide a relaxed, fun environment where students can cultivate an understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, pitch, structure and experiment with unusual time signatures, unconventional scales, and unique sounds, across a number of different genres.

From year-to-year, the composition syllabus changes (enabling students who attend LJC Composition and Arrangement in multiple years to continue their development), but each academic year is split in to three sections, focusing on a different 'environment'. In the first of these sections, students learn to use Sibelius, which is the industry-standard notation tool. Simultaneously, they develop their composition skills and their ability to create tidy, professional-looking scores. The second section focuses on Logic, which is an extremely powerful digital audio workstation which allows students to create and manipulate synths, drum loops, and audio effects. The third section is designed to improve students' ability to compose using pencil and paper. 

Music Production

Students will be learning insights into the world or Music Production by sharing their time between one of Leeds Conservatoire's 6 Mac labs and professional recording studios.

Students will be focusing on:

  • Recording Techniques - how do we capture live sound
  • Mixing and Mastering – the process of fine tuning recorded raw sound using industry standard software.

This lesson is great for students who want to record their own music, understand how recorded sound can be adapted during the mixing and mastering process and for anyone who is interested in potentially pursuing an element of music production work in their career.

Musical Theatre Singing

In Musical Theatre Singing we explore the vocal repertoire of musicals from Gilbert and Sullivan to the present day. This encompasses many style and genres, and students are encouraged to gain as wide an experience as possible of the Musical Theatre genre.

Vocal technique is at the heart of this course. Students will learn about vocal health and stamina, and will gain an appreciation of how to perform challenging material in physically demanding conditions.

In addition to this, students will be encouraged to interrogate and understand the text they are singing. There will a strong emphasis on acting through song and on how to employ your vocal technique to serve the story you are telling.

Students will work on solos and in groups, learning how to hold the spotlight and how to blend with an ensemble. Each lesson involves the students showing their work, developing their confidence.

A typical timetable would look something like this:

We follow a two week rota with lessons lasting 2 hours

Week A

09:00 – 11:00: Small Vocal Ensemble

Break

11:15 – 13:30: Industry Insights Workshop

Week B

09:00 – 11:00:Band/Musicianship(Keyboard Skills, Music Production, Musical Theatre Singing, Theory, or Composition)

Break

11:15 - 13:30: Sings Musicianship

10 Reasons why you should choose Leeds Junior Conservatoire

  1.   Raise your aspirations
  2.   Study vocal skills at Leeds Conservatoire
  3.   Performances in professional venues
  4.   Work with music industry professionals 
  5.   Fast track your musical skills
  6.   Experience a broad range of musical styles 
  7.   Meet like-minded young people 
  8.   Build confidence in a supportive and nurturing learning environment
  9.   A creative outlet for your musical talent
  10.   Have fun making music

Entry requirements, fees & funding

Entry requirements

LJC Sings is designed to support singers alongside their current musical venture. 

We suggest that students have been singing for around two years before they apply. However, we welcome students who show potential and musical flair.

 

2022/23 Fees

LJC tuition fees are just under £8.70 per hour, with a yearly total of:

  • 4 hour programme: £1,040

 Monthly instalments are available from £104

Bursaries

We want to ensure that no one turns down a place at LJC due to cost.

We have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation. In 2021/22 bursaries of between 10% and 100% were awarded.  

Find out more about applying for a bursary.

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