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

Leeds Junior Conservatoire Tech is for young people aged 11–18 who are interested in learning more about music production.

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

Leeds Junior Conservatoire Tech is for young people who want to learn about music production, and is the only course of its kind in a UK conservatoire. 

Students will learn how to record in a music studio, work with MIDI and audio using Logic Pro X and Ableton Live, and record live bands. 

Students are enrolled as a junior member of Leeds Conservatoire.

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

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About the course

The course is an excellent introduction to anyone who may wish to study Music Technology at A-Level or BTEC or wants to know more about music production techniques. 

Topics include:

  • Recording techniques
  • Working in a recording studio
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Roles in the music industry
  • Location recording
  • Live Sound
  • Music and media
  • Getting the most from Logic and Ableton Live

Students have the opportunity to try out their ideas and work closely with staff and other students.  

Each student will have the choice of musicianship option including keyboard skills, theory, musical theatre singing and composition. 

Advanced Tech students will take part in the Industry Insights Workshops looking at career and study options, supporting students applying for BTEC, A Levels or Undergraduate study.

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. 

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: Music Production

Break

11:15 – 13:30: Music Production

Week B

09:00 - 11:00: Musicianship (Keyboard Skills, Theory, Composition, Musical Theatre Singing)

Break

11:15 - 13:30: Music Production

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Applications

Applications for September 2022 are open!

Please complete the application form by following the link below.

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Entry requirements, fees & funding

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for students to attend the LJC Tech course.

2022/23 Fees

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

  • £1,040  (4 hour programme)

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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