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School Of Pop And Production
2 years full time
My time at Leeds College of Music so far has been astoundingly significant and almost exclusively positive. As one would hope, I have...
My time at Leeds College of Music so far has been astoundingly significant and almost exclusively positive. As one would hope, I have learned and continue to learn a great deal that is hugely important to my development as a musician. I have met and befriended a great many delightful people, both students and staff, many of whom may in future or do now present opportunities for work. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of living in Leeds, although I remain unconvinced that large city life is really for me. The college has helped to fund my studies of the Estill Model of Voice, which is perhaps the most important component of my current professional development. I wouldn’t claim there is nothing I would change about the college, the course or my experience, but I would definitely say I’m thoroughly satisfied with all three and that I’m very glad indeed that I came here. For a singer in the jazz or pop idiom, I really feel that Leeds College of Music has a superior faculty to most other conservatoires, at least in the UK.
This question is a little more complex to answer in my chosen profession than in most. I am not necessarily looking for simply ‘a job’, rather a succession of performance jobs as well as private teaching. In both areas I am already working to some extent, so I would probably answer the original question “quite easy.”
Being given the opportunity to immerse oneself fully in the artistic idiom. The course provides all the information necessary for the student to become the best possible musician, as well as an environment in which they can put that information into practice with a great variety of other musicians. This combination of information and communicative practice is, I would say, the best thing about my course.
I would say they are very good. The student union has grown and changed greatly since I started, and I view the changes as an improvement. They run a good deal of events, and of course the societies, but more importantly if you have a question or concern and raise it with the SU they are prompt and thorough in their reply.
I chose to rent privately instead of move into the student accommodation. By doing so I was able to find a flat in a nicer location at a cheaper price, though I can see that there are potential benefits to the student accommodation – principally that even at ‘home’, one would remain surrounded by fellow musicians. Of course whether that would be helpful would depend on the individual, and in my case I felt it would be more beneficial to live in a more hermit-esque fashion.
The facilities are generally excellent. The library has a very good stock, and it is easy to have any scores or recordings you need ordered in. Between the library itself and the two computer rooms one can always be sure to find a PC should it be required. The Mac rooms are similarly plentiful, and stocked with more industry-specific software than you can shake a stick at. There is a good stock of instruments available to borrow from Facilities, from the common such as guitars to the rare such as renaissance wind instruments. Facilities also stocks a variety of commonly required items such as vocal microphones, jack leads, cymbal felts, etc. The studios in college are of very good quality and the microphones available for studio use are excellent. Practice rooms in college are all stocked with pianos, mostly Steinway uprights, with a few rooms having grands or baby grands. The wonderful piano in the Venue is available for principal study pianists to practice on in some cases. Although the pianos are of good quality, they could be better maintained. They are not tuned as regularly as I would like and it is not uncommon to find a dud note, squeaky key or stiff pedal.
It’s very hard to pin down one favourite thing, as Leeds presents a great many delights. The galleries and museums are very fine, and most are free to visit and open quite lengthy hours. There are many parks and areas of woodland which I particularly enjoy visiting. Of course the most important element of Leeds life with respect to my studies is that it’s a phenomenal centre for culture and all the arts. Not only are there the excellent galleries, but there are also many, many live music venues with regular events, a fantastic variety of theatres, dance companies, etc. etc. So I would have to say my favourite thing to do in the city is to engross myself in the beautiful areas and in the artistic outlets.
The only society I have joined is the LGBT Society. There are many others available and I have heard good things about them, but I felt that I would rather spend my time involving myself with the more musically based extracurricular activities on offer than on sports societies or similar.
The pastoral support and general student services at Leeds College of Music really are excellent. Student support has dedicated staff to assist students with finance and accommodation, a disability advisor and counsellors. There is also a learning support unit who assist students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. The college also provides free weekly lessons in the Alexander Technique. I have used most of the services, or otherwise dealt with the departments, and have found the student support staff to invariably be friendly, approachable, competent and efficient.
My experience at university so far has been very profitable for me as a musician and I have learnt a lot about being a better performer....
My experience at university so far has been very profitable for me as a musician and I have learnt a lot about being a better performer. I have become more professional and more capable on my instrument. In short I have improved a lot as a musician and I have become far more self-reliant and hope to keep improving. Studying in Leeds at Leeds college of music has been one of the best decisions I have made and I would recommend any amateur musician to come here and study music.
The university promotes a lot of jam nights and encourages nights where students can get up and play at venues such as sela bar. These provide excellent experience for jazz players and the university also regular email you with opportunities to play as a musician or more frequently as part of a band and earn some money playing your instrument.
I think that the course that I am on is extremely useful for me as a musician as I have already learnt so much more about music generally and the theory of jazz harmony and jazz improvisation. This mainly stems from the excellent teaching given in the one to one lessons on your instrument (piano) and in the musicianship theory lessons. I wouldn’t say that anything needs to be changed about the course as it is very well balanced and teaches every aspect of music theory and performance and helps you to become the best performing musician you can be. You are pushed very hard on the course and the lectures help you to strive for perfection.
I know nothing about this area which means they need to do a better job of publicising their presence as a student body.
My current student accommodation is not very good value but it is one of the nicest accommodations to live in in the city of Leeds and it is very well situated. This means that it is quite expensive and I had to pay a lot less last year to live in a much nicer place in a large house as opposed to halls but I had to travel 30 minutes every day to and from university which quickly became an annoyance. Next year I will be living with course mates and so it should be the best of the three year course in terms of accommodation.
Very good university facilities for me as a pianist as there are plenty of good quality pianos and some grand piano rooms that can be booked out for use. The university would benefit from expanding the amount of rooms available as during the day it gets very busy and unless you book a room every day you often can’t get one. The university is often expanding and improving however and the whole entrance is currently being renovated.
The night life in Leeds is very expansive and varied and the clubs and bars have a lot of different music depending on your taste. I have not had a problem finding nice places to go and I have family members and friends studying outside of Leeds who come to Leeds to visit me and also love the night life in the City.
I have not joined any societies but I have joined several extra-curricular bands out of university lecture hours and also big bands and more recently a musical direction band that play for the students to direct. These are all excellent things to be a part of and provide good experience for me as a performer.
There is plenty of support for things such as stress and anxiety and I know that they have been very helpful to lot of student. However, I have not as of yet required any help from student support. The lecturers and stuff at the university are very approachable as well and they are all willing to help. It is easy to email any of your lecturers any questions you have using the college email on Space.