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School Of Pop And Production
2 years full time
Studying at LCoM is a life changing experience. You can get so many jobs within the institution as a student as well as get involved...
Studying at LCoM is a life changing experience. You can get so many jobs within the institution as a student as well as get involved in loads of different ensembles and groups. We have the entire music industry under one roof, which means that you really feel like you have a good understanding of how to succeed as a musician once you leave.
LCoM takes their students' careers and their employability incredibly seriously. We have a dedicated Enterprise department, who can help out with any student who wishes to meet with them; and they run the Musicians Booking Agency. We also have Professional Studies modules which are compulsory on the Undergrad, with Self Promotion, Music Journalism and Emerging Music Models being prime examples of this. We learn so many transferable skills throughout our time here, but it's about how much you put in. The more you put in, the more you'll get out. On the postgrad, we're going to spending a lot of the second trimester looking at how to market ourselves and our individual projects (e.g. as a rock drummer or a classical composer). I think they even mentioned having guest lectures from organisations such as Arts Council. This Trimester, we've been having "Professional Perspectives" where professionals in the industry come in and tell us about their story and answer all our questions. The tutors who run the PG course have been really clever in picking who they get in, to suit each and every one of us. More work placements are always nice, and it would be good to have a Careers Fair again.
I love the diverse nature of the course, and the deliverance differs as we have the two core tutors and then a bunch of guest lecturers who come in. Can't think of anything I dislike about the way the course is taught.
The Students' Union is great. They have a tough time as they are expected to be like the bigger Universities in Leeds, but with the budget and fact that we only have one full time SU President, they do an amazing job. They put on a lot of activities throughout the year as well as doing loads of behind the scenes work. Any student can approach the SU with wanting to do something, and can run for a position if they wish to! If they are unsuccessful, they can be a Course Representative or still get involved with the SU with campaigns and joining sub committees.
Amazing. We have the entire music industry under one roof, which means that we can get in the studios, rehearse in large "classical" venues or in band rooms. The wide variety of instruments, synths, pedals and other equipment really sets LCoM apart from other music colleges.
City life in Leeds is buzzing. It's a city that has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years. You can busk, gig, go out clubbing, enjoy great food at reasonable prices. There's always something to do day or night!
Clubs and societies are small but thriving. The problem is that students have the best intentions, but end up getting side tracked particularly around exam seasons, which means that societies sometimes suffer as a consequence. Saying this, there are more societies starting each year and they are run by friendly and dedicated students and really supported by the SU. The most thriving societies are obviously going to be performance-based ones (such as the Big Band, Camerata etc), but the Christian Union is also very busy and active.
The support offered is amazing. I haven't needed to, but the Student Wellbeing team is incredible and do a hell of a lot of work. You can tell they are really passionate about the health and wellbeing of LCoM students. The academic support as well is amazing, with a dedicated Learning Support office and a vibrant eLearning department, who employ some of the students at DigiMentors to help out other students. If you ever have a query about feedback etc. the tutor will always meet with you, sometimes even on the day that feedback is received, and will clearly and carefully explain why they marked you the way they did so it feels pretty transparent!
My overall experience has been very positive. I feel like I’ve contributed to a lot of change, which makes me feel good and confident...
My overall experience has been very positive. I feel like I’ve contributed to a lot of change, which makes me feel good and confident in knowing that LCM will forever help me to rectify any problems I may face in the future. I am always enthusiastic about my instrumental lessons. I was given lots of performance opportunities of various different palettes of performing. Very pleased with my time here.
My biggest part of work came from the musicians booking agency. I went on a UK tour with a singer-songwriter; I did 5 destinations in the summer and another 4 in the winter which paid really well. The agency also recommends my string quartet for events and functions. We played on Christmas day once which was nice but saddening at the same time!
I did the combined course which was great for me because I was really indecisive about what I wanted to do, I couldn’t decide between being a vocalist or a cellist, so coming to LCM enabled me to pursue both avenues in the way that I really wanted to. I aspired to be a frontwoman of a band which I achieved; I wanted to enhance my skills as a solo cellist which was possible again due to LCM. The individual tuition was excellent in that it was balanced and catered to me. On the classical course in particular, we are really blessed with some reputable tutors. My cello teacher was taught by Rostropovich, who in turned played with Shostakovich, and it’s that kind of linkage that directly informs your playing. On the pop course, band and artist direction is really excellent, and that is true throughout the entire conservatoire. Some problems I encountered were that there could be some changes halfway through the course in terms of marking and assessment criteria. I know LCM are trying to address this so it will be more consistent in the future.
The SU are making really good progress this year, they are engaging more with students and expanding on the number and types of events over the year. This will impact positively on the future student unions that will follow.
Joseph Stones House accommodation has recently had a makeover. My stay there was really good fun, I would describe it like a greenhouse, you get to know everyone very quickly and easily. It was very overpriced though, student companies know 1st years will be staying there so they take advantage of that and charge obscene prices which is very unfair. I hope there will be a city-wide crackdown to clamp down on those issues.
The building’s entrance and café have had a massive upgrade and makeover. We have lots of new gear coming to LCM as well including new guitars, basses, amps. There are still some improvements in regards to the equipment that need to be made, on the classical course mainly. String instruments need to be better maintained and looked after, with strings being replaced and damages seen to. Instrument accessories also need to be made available along with the instrument, LCM may provide a violin but often not along with a shoulder rest or a decent bow. Otherwise practice rooms are well equipped with a piano in every room. There’s always a space to practice and rehearse.
Leeds is always vibrant and bustling, lots to do, lots of students. There is definitely a dense student culture because of the concentrated number of students in the city. Living is also very cheap, especially after exiting your degree.
I took part in many sports-related activities and was part of the “Real Folk and Ale” Society. It was all really good fun and there’s always time to join a few more.
I work quite closely with student services so I know they are really passionate about making sure that the welfare of students is looked after. There is always someone available to speak to, staff in particular are very open to listening and are good listeners too.