3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD, United Kingdom

Music (Jazz) with Foundation Year

Internationally renowned, the Leeds Jazz scene has consistently produced some of the UK’s most creative musicians for over fifty years, and the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music is right at the very heart of this movement. Our students see world class music every night of the week at the many clubs we collaborate with, including our own B Side, Undercurrent and Fusebox sessions, where staff, students and guests play into the night. The course is reflective of the wider Jazz scene and the variety of venues where we regularly perform. Whether straight-ahead, modern, experimental, fusion or crossover, this course focuses on getting the very best out of you. Our huge faculty is made up of the UK’s finest performers and educators, and students are placed with one of our instrumental staff for weekly one-to-one and small group sessions, to hone their Jazz vocabulary and reach their potential. This course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Jazz) except that the extra Foundation Year allows for students who need an extra year of study to achieve the standard of our entry requirements for the 3-year BA. The Foundation Year modules include one to one tuition on your principal instrument/voice/composition, as well as skills development in ensemble work (or group composition), music theory and aural skills. Contextual Studies focuses on the repertoire of your chosen pathway, as well as cross pathway musicology and practical and collaborative sessions focusing on creative skills. The Musicianship Skills modules allows all students who have completed their Grade 5 theory prior to the start of the course to choose an elective module to supplement the core curriculum. The list of options includes subjects like music technology, keyboard skills, pathway specific composition and creative performance techniques. On completion of the Foundation Year you will continue to Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Music (Jazz). From Level 4, this is predominantly a practical course with research options for students who choose to develop skills in this area. Most of our students are here as performers, and our teachers and resources provide a first rate setting for students who are serious about learning to improvise. Workshops and gigs take place every Friday, when we invite touring artists to share their expertise. Staff also perform and compose at the highest level, and are here to share their knowledge and experience, as well as provide professional opportunities for students. Each module on the course has been carefully designed to enable students to synchronise both the theoretical and practical elements of their study, with a heavy focus on practice time and performance opportunities. All students write and perform original music, in a collaborative setting, to develop projects that are regularly pitched to professional promoters and record labels, enabling them to gain feedback, from industry experts. In addition to weekly one-to-one, ensemble and composition/arranging classes, other weekly small group sessions include study of advanced rhythmic skills, transcription analysis, contemporary improvisation, aural awareness, harmony, history/listening and business development. Our students can also dip into cross-pathway options throughout the course, including areas such as musical direction, orchestration, electroacoustic composition, extended improvisation and songwriting. Positioned in the heart of a musical capital, where improvisation takes centre stage, this is a high energy music course for students who want to get out there and perform.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
    2020-09-01
  • Location
    Main Site,LeedsUnited Kingdom