I do feel like I should have taken part in more events but perhaps at the same time, LCM could do more so in the way of providing more things for students to do.
There is not much direct support in helping students find work but I am sure if I actively seek help there will be someone who can offer advice. University is a big step so they expect you to work quite independently and so will not necessarily hand everything to you on a plate.
I personally like how LCM is a place where all different types of musicians come together where you can explore each other’s’ creative abilities. In terms of the lectures, classes can be too large which means there is less one-to-one interaction with your tutor. A few problems with the teaching I have picked up on is how certain points are made but not contextualised so it can be quite hard to understand parts of a topic. Being on a combined course also meant that I have lost out on one-to-one individual lessons on a specialist study instrument which is a shame.
The SU could be a lot more forward in terms of their interaction with students. Obviously this is a rather small conservatoire so, in effect, the SU is also small but they still don’t do enough work even relative to their size. The SU should hold events and activities to take part in which cover many different aspects, at the moment it is entirely focused on music and sports only.
Student accommodation does not provide good value at all. The costly rent we had to fork out only covered the bare basics: a bedroom big enough to fit a small bed and a chair. On top of the high fees, we still had to pay extra for laundry facilities. The reception is also extremely unorganised with handling with mail, it can take up to a week for them to process incoming mail and the staff refuse to search for your package even if you know it has arrived.
The facilities and equipment are kept to a high standard with Steinway pianos in almost every room. Keep in mind though that these pianos are “designed by Steinway” and are not made by Steinway themselves which is misleading marketing on LCM’s part! The facilities desk also allows students to store their instrument there, however it would be a bonus if LCM could provide lockers or another storage room to keep other belongings to help take the physical load of students, many of whom have to carry around instruments and other equipment with them all day.
Leeds is an amazing city because of the music scene where everything is buzzing. I regularly go to gigs and the leisure centre to play sports. There are plenty of shops and museums to visit as well.
Societies are mainly sport-based and all take place in the leisure centre next to LCM. There are no sports teams within the societies, they are more like drop-in sessions which last about an hour long where you can go and play badminton or football. Because of the lack of variation in the societies, I have not joined any. There needs to be much more variation in the societies they offer.
I decided to come to LCM because of its good reputation for music education. I have had a positive experience so far. LCM could always do more to help integrate their international students though.
I have worked in Korea in the past, and no doubt my attendance in such a prestigious place as LCM will help further my career even more when I return to Korea.
I learn many things about music; the course is not just focused on production but about music business and creating a career portfolio. In my course, I would like to learn more about sequencing and the use of other DAW programmes, not just Logic software. One of the tricky things to get around is the booking system of the studios which is much too complicated and too dependent on the online system.
The SU provides a lot of services and events to students, especially in freshers’ week.
I stay in iQ student accommodation which is quite far from LCM. The quality of the flats are very good for students but because of the distance residents are mostly made up of Leeds Uni and Leeds Beckett students.
The equipment in the studios are quite decent. I have encountered problems with using reverb and different effects in the studio, though I have reported this to a technician and LCM try their best to rectify problems.
Leeds is a great place to live and study but the small size of the city means you are limited in the places you can go visit. I go to cafes and the shops if I want to spend time in the city centre.
The societies are rather limited and the ones on offer do not really interest me. Societies are either sports-focused or are musical ensembles which a production student often cannot take part in. there definitely needs to be more extra-curricular events devoted to production students.
As an international student, I wish there was more help and guidance when it comes to writing essays.
LCM provides world class facilities combined with excellent tutors and brilliant people. My experience here was very scary to begin with but it’s been great. I’ve really improved as a musician and have met some incredible musicians.
LCM expose you to the music industry in the correct way so that you leave with a really good working knowledge of what the industry requires from you. I think LCM do this better than a lot of places and for all pathways.
Being at LCM gives you a lot of opportunities to play within and outside of the college. It is a great place to begin your musical journey and will set you up nicely for life as a professional musician on any pathway.There is a lack of practice rooms here; sometimes I can be really difficult to find a space to practice during the day which means you often find yourself wondering around in between lectures. This also affects your practice routine if you are required to be in college all day but unable to find a place to practise, you can really be wasting your time if you have large gaps between lectures. While the course is structured quite well, there are still aspects that can be improved upon such as better organisation putting students into classes. At the moment there is an imbalance between the number of guitarists which is too high, and not enough bassists. I have been told that the classical course is abundant with singers but only have 2 violinists and 2 pianists. This makes collaboration hard. Guitarists are not offered enough work and bassists are in too high demand. There also needs to be more focus on jazz history, to give student and insight into why we want to play the music in the first place. Better education on the “old” jazz musicians and how to incorporate their playing styles and techniques in a modern setting.
I do not have much exposure to the SU. We do get occasional notifications from them via email but it normally stops there. I have taken issues up with the SU before but nothing has been done about it as far as I am aware. If there was one thing I wish the SU could organise, that would be an end of year ball in a formal venue and formal attire, it would be a fantastic change to the usual party nights that take place. This is one aspect of university life I really miss that LCM doesn’t provide. The SU is probably most beneficial for first year students as they act as an extra form of support for you.
I opted not to live in student halls because it is so expensive, it is genuinely shocking how expensive it is for what you get.
We have access to excellent facilities and recording studios. LCM should do more to provide practice rooms as there are nowhere near enough available during the daytime as they are taken up by teachers giving one-to-one tuition. I also wish lockers were provided, somewhere to keep your jacket or your bag, this is especially necessary for someone like me who does not live locally and needs to bring in all my equipment for the day. There also needs to be more performance space in the communal areas of LCM, after all, we are a music school and we should always have some music being performed.
Leeds doesn’t look like the most glamorous city on first glance but once you get to know it, it’s fantastic. There’s always something on offer.
The student support department are always there for you and you can always rely on them to be communicative. They will work hard to resolve any problems you have.
Overall Leeds College of Music is a fairly secure place to study. The courses are engaging and to a certain degree interesting and the experience is largely what I had expected of it. There are some fantastic opportunities however in certain areas standards are low as have been previously touched on. I would only recommend it if it was the right person.
Music jobs are quite difficult to come by. Support is provided to educate about the way the industry operates and to give you the best chance the college can give. Ultimately though it’s a reflection on the profession itself rather than the college for music graduates, the same problem I have heard, is replicated across the country.
The best thing would be the good balance between lectures and independent free time. This seems to me to be at a healthy balance. One to one tuition is often great as well, though the quality can obviously vary from tutor to tutor.
The students union is in general fantastic and does it best to accommodate the needs of the students. There are yearly elections so it’s always kept fresh and it doesn’t allow it’s members to become too complacent. Higher positions within the union are salaried and this provides a great incentive for a better quality service for people who wish to become a part of it.
I have spent my time at university living at home and so couldn’t really comment on this.
Whilst the facilities at the college are excellent they are often badly maintained. My friend is a guitarist and the amplifiers are often in terrible condition with all sorts of problems. Piano are not tuned enough and are frequently fractionally flat. The college policy seems to be to just buy new things all the time rather than maintain and service anything. That said though the facilities when they do work are of an excellent quality.
Leeds is a fantastic city with lots to do. Lots of great places to eat out and everything is easy to get to and well connected
I have not personally joined any societies though I am aware that the college has a reasonable amount. With such a small amount of students compared to a large university there is only so much demand for societies.
Support is on the whole excellent within the college. There is a team for almost every issue with finance support, counselling and anything else that could come up or be an issue. With the college being fairly small this means that these services are often easy to access at all times throughout the year.
I wake up every morning and look forward to coming to LCM, I am really glad I am here. The course and the lecturers are excellent. Things could be a bit more fun and interesting here is there were more events put on by the SU.
The courses are all based around working life. Many lecturers who have other jobs alongside their position in LCM all have jobs that are very relevant and impact on our learning as well.
There is a great atmosphere in the college, lectures are presented in a way that really promotes fun learning and the course is really catered to students’ needs. The lecturers are knowledgeable in their fields and their expertise really shows through in their teaching, they are also friendly and approachable as people. They all have their own styles of teaching but all equally effective. One tutor makes screencasts which he uses in lessons which I find particularly useful.
The SU are rather quiet, you do not hear much of them.
The facilities here have far exceeded my expectations. The recording studios and rehearsal rooms are equipped well with instruments, amps and microphones. Maybe a choice of different types of amps in practice rooms would be a fantastic bonus.
I live in Bradford and I think Leeds is great. The city has a great vibe and is a great place to chillout and go for a coffee. There are some superb places to go have a jam too.
I have not joined any societies.
Outside of our lectures, we are able to approach lecturers if we are in need of extra help. We have a good email system so it is really easy to get into contact with them.
Generally, the learning aspect of LCM is good but there needs to be much more focus on helping students to perform better and more regularly since it is a MUSIC college.
I don’t see much in the way of LCM preparing students for a professional career. The first year did have some focus on this aspect with the Working in the Creative Industries module but the way that module was delivered was extremely poor. The lecture involved going through a PowerPoint which is already available on the VLE, students certainly did not want to go in for a 9am lecture when they could read through the PowerPoint at home themselves. By the end of the academic year, there were probably about 20 students out of 100+ in the year who attended this class. For our business project which was assessed as a group, was unfair on students who worked harder than their team members and LCM do not acknowledge that so the incompetence and laziness of others will affect the outcome of your grade.
LCM need to provide more chances for us to perform as a career based on performance is normally what most students aim for. There is a lunchtime recital for classical and jazz students but nothing else that is put on a regular basis for pop musicians. Even with the events they do have, attendance is low and is discouraging to performers. The environment is not comfortable enough for students either because of the lack of interest taken by LCM and as a result, the student who study here as well.
I have little knowledge of it.
I live at home because student accommodation is too expensive.
The facilities seem good – decent musical equipment in the studios, the Mac studios are a particular strong point.
Leeds is a great city if you love clubbing and enjoy wild Saturday nights out. The streets around The Light is a place “where Leeds get social” and there is club music heard everywhere. Of course, stay away if you do not enjoy this type of nightlife scene.
As of yet none, but I intend to do so.
The student support department was advertised to us extensively in the first week, it provides help with accommodation, health concerns and other monetary aids. I think it also helps with personal issues such as homelessness and trouble at home etc.
At LCM there are so many people who are like-minded who you can be around and integrate with, it throws you together in uncomfortable situations which challenge you to either thrive in or to go on and work harder at it.
Job prospects are different for a musician’s point of view: it is very difficult. LCM certainly offer you the tools to help you get by. It is especially crafted for people on the Pop and Production course.
The course can be quite prescriptive in that everything must be done in the style the lecturers want and there’s not much room in changing that approach at times. I feel that the focus is quite heavily focused on the traditional side of jazz whereas an exploration of the modern styles of jazz would be beneficial as well.
The SU have been quite quiet in the previous years but they have really made themselves present this year – I know the president and members of the committee. They did a great job with Freshers 2014 from what I saw, the last two years were pretty boring and basic. I am really impressed with the job they are doing this year.
For the most part, the facilities are really good. We have ample rooms, though it can be difficult to find practice rooms in the day time. We have a lot of equipment, particularly studio equipment, the instruments provided, however, are of lesser quality. I do feel more of the money that goes into LCM should be spent investing in better equipment instead of, for example, re-building the foyer (which is currently being undertaken). So it would be cool to see money being thrown “our way” instead.
Cycling is my favourite thing to do in the city. The roads in Leeds can be quite hellish due to the insane traffic system but it’s still a great place to cycle. Night life is great, especially for students who spend so much time focusing on work, it’s nice to be able to let off some steam and there’s a lot of places in Leeds that allows you to do that.
I have not joined any societies though I am attempting to start a cycling society. What is available is decent though, free sports is offered: swimming, badminton, squash – great for musicians who want to keep fit. These societies are quite “middle of the road” and there’s not much else to offer though. I spend my spare time cycling myself.
There’s a lot of support in terms of helping struggling students who have worries about work or family. You can just knock on the door of the student support room and they’ll be happy to see you. I know friends who have used their services and I have queries I would approach them with as well as they provide a very comfortable atmosphere.
Not impressed with their process. Feels very dull and I don’t like the city one bit. It’s always going to be hard as a musician and you need to be at the right place at the right time to be able to forward yourself and it think this is not that place.
I feel as if the people I meet here will not be of much use to me in the later part of my career apart from the tutors themselves. I will be moving to a bigger city as soon as I’m finished because I feel it’s too hard to make any sort of living here if you don’t teach which is not what I want to do
First off I found that there was not enough time being dedicated to the students. I felt that paying £9000 for it was just a rip off in the first place but the college takes it up a notch by providing short tutorials about telling us what we are doing wrong instead of just learning new things. The lectures are too short with us only ever playing for 20 minutes of the hour allocated. Very unbalanced instrumentation with too many guitarists in all the classes.
They give the hype during freshers but then sort of disappeared. I don’t take notice of anything they do which does not seem good.
Accommodation is just awful. I had thought that it would be nice to live with fellow musicians but they all seem to talk about who they listen to and criticise you for what you listen to. Messy and arrogant people surround you and the company Unite who run the halls have little to show when dealing with issues. £120+ a week is what you are paying for a place with minimal space and storage and for me a drummer/percussionist this was just ridiculous.
Such a small building and with nothing to show apart from a new fancy entrance. The original one was perfectly functional and looked nice so why waste money on that I do not know when we need more capacity and equipment.
Bad place to be a musician if you come from a bigger city like London. Nowhere feels like you are going to be playing for anyone worthwhile and venues have no charm. Night life is just full of drunken students who waste themselves for £30+ a night out. A lot of them seem to think that this is how you study and work.
Never heard of any apart from the Christian society which in my case is not really interesting considering my atheist background. They need to have more connections with the main university societies because it’s just not big enough here.
They have good support with any issue you have from disabilities or CV support. It’s what I would expect from anywhere really.
Overall, I still enjoy being in Leeds as it has everything you need which is convenient, and there are a load of places for you to go and see. The course is excellent but not perfect, but this is expected.
They update you with e-mails on available gigs, websites to help improve your career etc. to help you to take opportunities which will help you in your working life.
The course is very in depth and knowledgeable. I have felt that most lecturers go out of their way to really engage with the students in order to really help them. They normally give constructive and helpful feedback, and offer you a lot of guidance and supports on an academic and personal level. The reason I have not gave this section an overall 5 is because there is a small percentage of lecturers that I thought does not exactly is the case for. Although, this is inevitable as it is impossible to guarantee an exceptionally great lecturer in every lesson. Overall, I think the selection has been great.
I won’t rate due to lack of understanding of this section. Although, they seem to be proactive and motivated to help and make a difference.
Personally, I did not live in student accommodation, but being an observer and witness a lot of individual cases of my fellow students who did, it seemed the value was not that great.Considering the small size and conditions of the accommodation, it is very pricey. In terms of financial value, this is shockingly expensive. Considering that most students would then have to work longer hours to maintain living costs standards, and the difficulty to manage both education and work – which more than likely living under poor conditions – would affect the efficiency of how well a student does in Uni.
Great, I can’t fault it. The Library has a lot of books, CD’s, Vinyl, Scores etc. that I need for my course. Even if they haven’t got the specific thing you’re looking for, they normally do a good job in getting it for you and other students to use. Personally, facilities have a good range of stuff needed for me. Maybe, just keep upgrading the instruments and make sure they sustain their quality when needed. Although, they do and I have no problems with facilities.
I personally enjoy the city life, with the shops, the tall buildings, and the hustle and bustle street life. Socially, I find Leeds as a general very reserved and keep them to themselves. You get that occasional homeless person with a Subway cup that approaches you asking you for money, but normally you would have to approach the person themselves. Although, the majority during the day seem polite. The night life is a paradox. The clubs are good; the people themselves are a mixture between both good and bad. However, there has always been a huge issue that a lot of a time comes across when I go out. That is constantly being refused to go in nightclubs for unfair, unjust and quite frankly lame excuses. I have tested this many times, and found that when I of an ethnic minority, were to integrate into a club with mixed culture and races, there’s not normally a problem. On the other hand, when I enter in with a group of friends of the same ethnicity, I get rejected a lot. I know that has not only happened to me, and when I speak about it to other people who also go out in Leeds, always says this is the case for them also.
None, but because of my personal schedule. From what I get to see, the group work is really good and engaging. I would have joined otherwise if it didn’t clash with my personal life.
1-1 with your personal tutor. E-mail any enquires you may have. A room where you go for help in the course you’re doing, your financial life, and even offer counselling for your personal life etc.
The experience so far has generally been rather positive. In the first year students were more uncomfortable around each other as they would want to prove themselves as musicians however this year everyone is friendly and supportive. The course as mentioned has been intense but enjoyable.
Getting a job specifically just a jazz musician is extremely difficult and unlikely. However, having a job the music industry will not be difficult as we are well trained. The difficulty is getting multiple jobs in order to get a sustainable career. I personally think I will not have much trouble finding a job.
We have some fantastic lectures that are enthusiastic, experienced and very knowledgeable in their field. The course is intense as well as enjoyable. The course has free workshops with professionals in the music industry which is both helpful and interesting. Our classes can be very demanding which is what we want. Some classes can be overcrowded which gives us less personal feedback with the teacher.
I haven’t heard much from my students union. If I have heard from the students union nothing that has been said has been of any interest to me. I don’t see much about the students union advertised around the university.
The student accommodation I was in last year was good but very expensive, even for student accommodation. The room was rather small however contained enough storage space. The en suite worked fine but this was expected anyway. The kitchen didn’t contain enough storage for food. The whole accommodation was clean.
In general the university facilities are of good quality. The equipment like the amplifiers works well and is kept in working condition. The library is rather small and is not open 24/7 like most universities. The practice rooms are good but a few more would be very helpful. Money has been spent in unnecessary areas i.e new entrance, when the money would be much better spent on quality music stands.
There are a few jam sessions which are great to go to as there is a good atmosphere and there always some fantastic musicians. There are also many great venues which put on some really fantastic bands . Occasionally i also like to go out clubbing. More places that have jam sessions would make city life even more satisfying.
I have not joined any as i haven’t had the time or need to.
Students in an ensemble are now given the opportunity to have help with promotion, dress code and finding shows to play at which is extremely helpful. If a student has difficulty with a subject most teachers are more than willing to help. I have no experience with some services that deal with personal problems i.e anxiety, loneliness ect but they are advertised. It would be helpful if we had more compulsory ensembles.