BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Popular)

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Popular) at Leeds Conservatoire

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 Classical and your Specialist Group Study modules in Pop.


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Course Overview

A conservatoire education

Built around a mixture of one-to-one tuition, ensemble work and seminars, this highly performance-based degree course supports your development into a fine specialist performer or composer, focusing on technique, artistic development and the commercial skills to earn a living in a highly competitive field.

A culture of collaboration

We want you to explore a variety of influences and genres, and whether you want to join our Chamber Orchestra, experiment with a cross-genre 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.

Broad perspective

Working alongside degree students from other pathways will also broaden your perspective. You could be recorded by Production students, develop your improvisation techniques with Jazz students or bounce ideas off Business students – keeping you adaptable and current.

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, and world 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 Classical degrees at Leeds Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Opera Singers, Recording Artists and Musical Directors. Find out more in our Alumni section.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Classical 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. See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

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 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.

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 Opera, Creative Piano Techniques, Ear and Pitch Development, Latin Ensemble and The Composer in the Community.

Contextual Studies 1

You will develop composition, musicology and critical listening skills through a detailed examination of repertoire and its style and effects on the development of classical music. Study is divided into four themes: different voices; rhythmic language and devices; melodic development; harmonic language and function. Within these study areas you will evaluate key works, musicians, compositional techniques, reception and environment in detail.

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.

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 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.

Contextual Studies 2

You will further enhance your musicology and critical listening skills. Study is divided into four themes: repetition; virtuosity; music and theatre; technology and music. Within these study areas you will evaluate key works, musicians, compositional techniques, reception and environment in detail.

You will also choose one of the below options to study:

  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Songwriting
  • Music for the Moving Image
  • Collaborative Composition
  • Music and Ideology
  • Performance with Electronics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Musical Direction
Professional Studies 2

You will choose one of the below options to study:

  • Business Start-up
  • Working with Music in the Community
  • Instrumental Music Tuition
  • Self-Promotion & Music Marketing
  • Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
  • Concerts & Touring
  • Artistic Management
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.

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.

Contextual Studies 3

You will study one of the below options: 

  • Computer-Based Composition
  • Software Environments for Performance & Sound Creation
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Composition and Production for Film and TV
  • Composed Theatre
  • Extended Improvisation
  • Intercultural Music
  • Emerging Music Models
Professional Studies 3

You will study one of the below options:

  • Live Music Management
  • Community Music Project
  • Music Journalism
  • Business Leadership & Ethics
  • Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function

These module specifications are for applicants choosing to start their course in the 2020/21 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 2020.

Sam Sommerfeld

Alumni Profile

Sam Sommerfeld

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)
Year of Graduation: 2015

A skilled conductor and musical director, Sam has worked in theatres across the UK with a variety of people in educational and professional groups.

While in Leeds, Sam stepped up to work as a freelancer on larger musical platforms, conducting the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and working at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Sam has been Associate Musical Director on The Last Ship, a new musical with music and lyrics written by Sting.

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Damien Harron
Professor Damien HarronProgramme Leader: Classical

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

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Alfia NakipbekovaPrincipal Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MA Music

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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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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Combined Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2021
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 certain courses at Leeds Conservatoire will need to audition, interview or submit a portfolio of work.

If you are offered the chance to audition we will send you details of how to submit your audition materials once we have received your application. Please note that owing to current social distancing guidelines, we are asking all applicants to submit audition materials online this year, rather than attend in-person events.

Find more information and course-specific  audition guides for UK applicants and International Applicants.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS Conservatoires
UCAS Code: 204F
UCAS Institution Code: L31
Application Deadline: Although the UCAS Conservatoires equal consideration (‘on time’) deadline was 1 October 2020, we are still accepting applications and you are still able to make an application through UCAS Conservatoires.

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

Our students have access to over 70 bookable rooms, including teaching rooms, practice rooms, and bespoke ensemble rehearsal spaces, all of which are open until late. We host performances in our 350-seat auditorium The Venue and 120-seat Recital Room and our All-Steinway School status means that over 95% of our pianos come from the Steinway family.

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