I have really enjoyed my experience so far, however I am only in my first year. I have met many new people and already had fantastic experiences which I could never have had at home. The university is brilliant in almost every way, the city is always alive with events and gigs and I have already learned so much about the music industry already.
There are frequent masterclasses from industry specialists, many of the modules on my course aim towards monetising music.
I love the freedom to create and collaborate with many musicians from branching pathways. The studios are free for us to use and material created on our course is not held by the university, we are free to profit from it. The lectures are taught in a relaxed and engaging way and everything taught is relevant and useful for my future career. I dislike nothing.
The student union is quite bare bones, there are opportunities for people to get involved but there are only a few societies and none of them interest me in the slightest. The events the student union put on are well organised though.
The accommodation is okay. A lot of items keep breaking by themselves such as switches, fridge coolers, the oven etc. The accommodation is just a 15 minute walk from the university however which is a bonus.
They are excellent, everything is Industry standard or higher and it makes studying and rehearsing with other musicians incredibly fun.
Leeds is a fantastic city, there is so much to do, there's something for everyone. I am always finding new places whenever I go for a walk and the people in the city are always helpful and friendly.
There are only a few societies as previously mentioned, they could be very good however none of them apply to me. The clubs on offer are either incredibly sensible and safe, making them seem boring to join, or they cater to a minority which doesn't really exist.
The tutors are fantastic at getting back to students who contact them, any issues are sorted immediately and tutors take a genuine concern if you are confused or struggling with an assignment. I haven't made use of the counselling yet, however it is always made obvious where we should go or who we should contact if we need it.
It has been an 8/10, with a few things that need to be addressed, but overall a very great and humbling university. I'd want other students to know how they could grow, and to get involved with as much as possible, and to not work too much at a part time job! Make the most of the facilities, the experience, it really is valuable time and you will appreciate this a lot in the future rather than the pursuit of money.
It makes sure that I have extra workshops to go to to market my skills, Erasmus opportunities (that I am currently taking right now, at Codarts University of the Arts, as the first LCOM Exchange student.) Leeds College of Music has certainly improved my employability and helped me to collaborate with others on projects!
I like the collaborative group projects; I believe they are a great way to know your peers and build connections. However, similarly, I believe that there should be more 1-1 coaching and tuition based on what you are doing musically outside of school, and how they can improve your performance.
I think it's awesome! As I'm currently doing the Erasmus programme, I can't get involved, but would love to next year.
Second to none apart from the lack of updated equipment. I believe funds should be going into new equipment. Also, opportunities for musicians to collaborate from different pathways to use the facilities is necessary.
Always something going on! The music scene is great, however is missing some more alternative nights beyond the Jazz, Neo-Soul and Indie-Pop scene.
Very diverse! I got involved in the choir group and the LCOM Christian group when I first joined, but since then haven't participated as was too busy with study!
I think that there needs to be harder feedback, and to be more critical on how we can perform as musicians. I also think that there is a lack of music theory on the Pop Songwriting BA and Pop Performance BA that should be changed, especially in the first year.
It's been the best it could have been. I struggle with mental health problems but LCoM have been so accommodating and it really feels like I could do well here. Just make sure you throw yourself in and take advantage of all the facilities and amazing people around you.
They have workshops and masterclasses and put on gigs as well as setting up auditions for local agencies.
I like that the courses are very hands on and there is a lot of support available if there's anything you don't understand. The tutors are amazing. I also love that the lectures are recorded so you can watch them back if you miss one or want to recap. Sometimes I find the assignments to be a little vague, but I think that's the nature of university.
I haven't need to use them very much but they are very approachable so I don't think I would have a problem bringing something up with them if I needed to.
Amazing. They just need to update the room booking service but everything else is brilliant.
I haven't explored as much as I would have liked but when I want to go and see music, I'm never short of options. It's very lively and vibrant.
There are an array of societies and LCoM.
They are truly brilliant. The health and wellbeing team are absolutely amazing and will do anything to help. The tutors are very supportive and always help and answer any questions and actively try and put your mind at ease if you are stressed by providing drop in sessions to chat or receive one to one help with projects.
Its been exactly what I wanted and more. The excellent standard of teaching combined with industry class facilities means I will be prepared to work in the industry upon leaving.
Careers department Working in the creative industries modules
Personal, direct teaching that allows you to learn individually
I have learned so much and feel very welcome there. However, because I commute from another city I haven't made any friends and I don't feel like I'm part of the student communty.
There are quite a few departments that fund, are an agency and give opportunities for the students. They make a really big effort to get any experience that any student might be interested in.
I like the hands-on projects for assignments because it puts us in the position we would be in real-world work. I dislike how little chance there is to make friends with people on the course other than in the small project groups.
They are pretty active but I haven't got involved yet because they haven't done anything that I'm interested in.
There are plenty of facilities and lots of them. There is access to the facilities whenever they're not being used too which is great
I commute from another city so I don't know
There is quite a variety but a bit limited. The ones I follow don't have events very frequently.
There is so much that the uni offers. There is so much support in many different areas. It is really obvious that everyone wants the students to succeed in the best way they can.
In my year and a half of being here I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience, I look foward to the next year. The course has helped me realise what I want my future career to be
My course is constantly bringing in industry professionals to critique our work. This also allows a chanel to communication, which helps with networking.
I love the way in which my lecturers treat us all as possible future composers, you can tell they all want what's best for us. My only wish for the course is the volume of lessons, it would be great to have more.
I am involved in a few student union projects, however they are not widespread at my institution
Fantastic. Open till 3am with access to high quality equipment
Brilliant. The social hub of leeds is perfect for a musician
Support at the college is great, our 1-1 lessons don't only focuses on work but also on our wellbeing.
In my three years at uni, I feel as if I have had the best experience i could ever have hoped for. I've met my closest friends, met professionals in the music industry, and been given the skill set required for a successful and long career.
LCoM is always seeking to give as many opportunities as it can, as the music industry is incredibly difficult to get into. LCoM gives us the necessary skills through the many module options that they have on offer (ranging from professional studies, to the more academic). Students have guidance available across all areas; and if any student is unsure about what they want to do, then help is always there.
The 1-to-1 tuition is great. I am always learning and I'm always encouraged to go beyond what is required for the course through independent study. I feel as if group study is where the course has its pitfalls. As I prefer independent learning, group study is not necessarily my favourite (however this differs from person to person)
They seem to have great things on offer. However, I'm not involved as the events are rather small and not catered to someone like myself.
The facilities are state of the art. The studios are professionally fitted, the practice rooms are great, and the band rooms are suitably sized.
City life in Leeds is brilliant. The centre is always thriving, the pints are cheap, and there's always a great takeaway around each corner.
I am not involved with any society, most of them are not catered to someone like myself
The tutors are very friendly and outgoing, always offering their best academically and on a personal level. LCoM always focus on wellbeing, as the course can be stressful at times.
It’s been an excuse to really practice hard without too much demand from the outside world. The guest speakers are usually really useful, as are the tutors and the jams, however the ratio of good keys and bass players to horn players is a little grim.
There are weekly lectures on working in the business, as well as guest talks by professionals. The uni has a self run agency for connecting students of a professional standard to the outside world.
If the lecturers see you relate to and connect to the content, they help you develop and are happy to give extra time and advice outside of lectures.
There are not many societies in the SU, and most of what exists are connected to music in some way.
The facilities are good and usually free in the evening, but practice rooms can be hard to come by 9-5.
The music scene is really healthy, with too many gigs to keep on top of, let alone the clubbing scene.
The support is what one would expect from a uni.
It's good, I can see a lot of people who are similar to me, which was very hard before I came here, tutors are helpful and I really like them and I can feel a strong sense of improvement.
Pretty much, we get a lot of help to start new initiatives and get gigs and also get knowledge about working in the industry.
The most: knowing what we want to do and tailoring course to our needs, also tutors are professional and really competent with great approach to teaching. The least: sometimes I feel a bit of randomness of the way we learn things, we don't always get specific tasks to do.
The international section is really good and I feel big connection and motivation to involve, but I don't feel the students union in general. I didn't really like the events they made and they aren't very approachable.
Very good, we get everything we need. However, there might not be enough staff, cause they are always too busy to do things that students could do as well, telling that this time they had more urgent things to do. Also, we need more guitars that are good for jazz music and generally more jazz music stuff we can borrow.
Very good, but it takes time to find yourself here. It's a big city, so you can probably find whatever you want, but sometimes it takes too much time to find it.
I don't know, I'm not involved in this kind of activities.
Very good, I didn't need a lot of counselling, but academically tutors are answering all the questions properly.
My overall University student experience so far has been pleasant, it honestly depends how much you put it, to how much you get out. You can reach a lot of hurdles and you can often feel discouraged to continue, but you must try to push through it, because you truly reap the benefits. You meet a great load of people from really diverse backgrounds with really different characters, its really nice to have a fresh new environment from High School.
Offering occasional gigs to students, though not all students have access to this and sometimes works on a 'favouritism' basis.
I think the Student Union tries really hard, and they perform pretty well for the small University that we are. They're all very inclusive and happy to help out wherever they can.
Its not too bad, Internet access is pretty dire, but all other facilities are easy to access and is all very secure.
Facilities are great. Some have been abused by students and thus have become damaged, but past that, the facilities as brilliant.
City life is great, though night city life can be pretty rowdy and if you go down the wrong alleyway bad things can happen.
There are very few societies that aren't entirely or partially music based. This is not the best as you can really feel bogged down by music in the college as is. However, a few people have had the initiative to create a 'Gaming Society' thats inclusive to anyone of any skill level, and has nothing to do with Music whatsoever.
Support from Tutors is stellar. If you seek, they shall provide, they really are great. Support staff are useful, and can provide adequate support for students in need. The counselling is pretty great, I received some myself and it helped a fair bit, though I think the follow up from these should be more thorough and should do check-ups afterwards.