I'm a third year student and have had the most incredible time, you learn so much about yourself as a musician and a person. You are allowed to take risks and try out new things which all helps you figure out what kind of artist you are.
We have masterclasses with industry experts who we get to speak to one on one and in Q&A's, this is a great way to pass on your email or CV. We also have an amazing events and enterprise team who you can intern for or become part of the LCoM booking agency for example.
We are aloud to be extremely creative and most projects we undertake have to be all original material. However, sometimes you do feel like you are left to your own devices a bit too much in band lessons for example and they end up feeling like a normal rehearsal.
Our students union puts on plenty of events and keeps in contact over email and social media to keep everyone updated on events in the university and around Leeds that involves students from Leeds College of Music. I am not involved in the students union however I love getting involved in their events.
The university facilities are incredible and you can book band rooms, studios and practice rooms 2 weeks in advance. Every now and again there will be amps that don't work in rooms however we have an easily accessible email to complain to and make facilities aware of this.
Leeds is hands down one of the best cities to be in as a student. The night life is everything you could ever want for every kind of genre of music. The live music scene is amazing with someone to attend every night of the week if you want to. There's also so many unique restaurants and coffee shops to go to if nightlife isn't your cup of tea.
There are plenty of clubs and societies available for every genre of music, like pop choirs to classical choirs as well as big bands. However, to escape music if you really want to there are christian societies and gaming societies.
We are encouraged to concentrate more on feedback of our assignments than the grade that comes along with it. Feedback is always on time from the tutors and very detailed. There is an incredible support team for any emotional or well-being needs which is advertised all around the college taking away any taboo around the subject.
I have loved uni so far. The tutors are all friendly and approachable, there are loads of opportunities to perform (I have joined 5 bands so far), the subject matter of what I have been learning is mostly pretty interesting, and there's lots of support available if needed.
Student support is easily accessible, and LCoM are always putting on masterclasses with successful people in the music industry. We also had a creative projects week where we were given a project to help us in the future, such as working with children in music.
The lecturers are mostly pretty engaging, and what we learn is often quite interesting. The seminars are especially useful, as they are really informal and open, meaning that you are free to ask any questions you may have. Some lectures are too powerpoint orientated though, and these are sometimes quite boring. I really like that all of the powerpoint from the lectures and videos of the lectures themselves go online so students can catch up if we miss a lecture, or use them as revision material.
The student union's freshers events were a bit lame in all honesty, but they have been really useful in helping with getting accustomed to the college. They are always advertising new opportunities for students and the events since freshers have been great.
There are extremely good facilities here at LCoM. There are loads of practice rooms, band rooms and studios that students can easily book out. Also students can borrow lots of instruments from facilities, such as cymbals, guitars, keyboards. The equipment here are all top of the line, such as Nord keyboards, Steinway pianos and Sabian HH cymbals. When things are reported broken facilities are usually pretty good at replacing them.
There's an insane night life here in Leeds, with lots of clubs, bars and pubs for students to enjoy. There's always gigs on across the city, to cater for anyone. I especially love the clubbing scene at places such as Mission, Pryzm and the O2 Academy.
There are very few other societies other than music ones. The most prominent one I know of is the Christian Union which is thriving at LCoM.
I haven't attended LCoM for long enough to comment on morning of work, as I have not received feedback for my first assignment yet. It's due in a few days.
I enjoy Uni, I've made lots of friends, grown a lot as a person, it's opened up doors to new opportunities and I wouldn't be the person I am today without it. I think that it can get lonely for quite a lot of people at times but when you throw yourself into University life and surround yourself with the right people it's a great experience.
Last years work experience module was helpful in making new contacts. This years collaborative project helped me make new contacts in the industry and led to me creating the soundtrack for a film. Overall the course focuses on a wide variety of aspects within Music Production which helps me to learn transferable skills for other potential careers that I didn't think about before attending Uni.
I like how easy to talk to the staff are. They're very helpful. I don't like that there isn't much contact time this year but sometimes I need the time away from Uni as we have a lot of work to do in our free time.
I live an hour away from University which makes it difficult to get involved.
I'm really happy with the facilities, there are a lot of studios, a large selection of microphones, plenty of rehearsal rooms. Everything that I need really.
Leeds is a great city with a brilliant music scene. There's a lot of culture and lots of University students so it's a great place to study.
I'm unfortunately not involved in any as I live quite far away.
The majority of the tutors are brilliant at feedback and helping out wherever they can. The counsellors were really brilliant when I struggled a bit in first year. Also whenever I've had any problems with student finance there has always been support from staff in college
I have enjoyed myself and feel that I am much better at what I do because my course has improved my skills. I enjoy the teaching and the people here and the overall atmosphere is really friendly and supportive.
Different course modules help this such as work placements in year 3
I like the freedom and the way they engage us, the lectures are very interesting. I would like more help with assignments though.
It was good in freshers week
It feels very safe and the bedrooms are good sizes. I don’t live at Joseph Stones which is the accomodation for LCoM, but the one I’m at is still very nice.
Very good, there are lots of opportunities to use high end equipment.
I love the city life, it’s always busy and there’s so much to do
They’re good, I don’t know too much about the different choices but the ones I attend are very good and you get to meet new people.
I've really enjoyed my uni experience-especially all of the practical parts of my course (my ensemble group and my one to one lessons). I do feel very stressed, as I feel like some of the tasks set are very demanding, especially if you don't have much of a previous understanding of the subject.
It offers various creative projects to do with working in the music industry ; workshops and talks from experts in the field, and also even supports extra curricular activities that would be of benefit to your career and understanding.
I mostly like the fact that, throughout the course, we are given lots of opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, which I believe is one of the most effective ways of increasing your ability as a versatile musician. I least like the fact that you don't get quite enough time to create the music you want to be making, and there is not as much focus on helping you push your personal career forward.
I think my students Union do a great job, they're always thinking of new opportunities and events for the students and constantly update you on current news. I don't currently get involved, mainly because I've got a lot of extra-curricular commitments that I have to juggle with uni work. This makes it hard for me to take on more responsibilities.
Very good. There is so much gear and so many instruments you can borrow from facilities and we have really good practice rooms and an excellent library. My only issue is, I wish it was a bit simpler to book a room!
The Leeds city life is great. There's so much to see and you can pretty much go to a gig every night if you want to. There's also lots of opportunities for upcoming artists to perform and share their work in the city. I love the independent shops scattered around the city, such as, Mrs Athas coffee shop and the unique music venues like the Hyde Park book club.
The club's and societies offered are good, but I wish they would over more fitness opportunities. For example, I think free gym memberships for students should be a necessity. I struggle to afford a gym membership because of this.
I think we have a good level of support at my uni. The counseling is very good and you have quick access to professionals who can assess you. Generally, tutors give great feedback when you email them. But I think it would be a good idea to introduce some form of a chat forum for each class to discuss notes/questions, as sometimes, it can be daunting to ask questions yourself.
Wouldn't do anything differently, it's been great. Leeds College of Music has been a great place to master my skills in Music Production and Leeds is now a place call home.
Work placement in 2nd year.
I like the studio sessions we had in the first two years of study and how we have access to incredible industry standard recording studios. However, some of the modules that are compulsory that go with the course are really awful and everyone knows it - they are pointless activities that we all have to do... the students all moan and think it's useless and the teachers too!
It's not very lively, but we're only a small conservatoire so I understand its difficult to compete with the major universities.
Very good, it's the only reason I came to Leeds College of Music.
Brilliant, I love Leeds and I'm considering staying here next year once I graduate.
Pretty non-existent as it's only a small conservatoire and it's mostly music related being a music conservatoire.
Great, tutors are always very friendly and keen to help.
I'm having a really great time, enjoying my course and life in leeds. I feel that the course fits my needs perfectly and I am confident that I will come out of the course ready to become a working musician.
The witci lessons are helpful for the skills required to go out and become a self employed musician. The tutors are very helpful and I'm happy with the guidance I'm receiving.
I think the various contextual studies lessons are very helpful as they focus in on fairly specific aspects of music. I also like the ensemble lessons as having the tutor there is helpful but it's also good to have time with just the group to rehearse.
The union is good they put on many events which are good for meeting new people
The location of the accommodation is great, right next to the college which is really useful and has made it very easy to get settled in. However the accommodation itself isn't amazing, it took over 2 weeks for us to get our oven fixed, the lifts are always breaking which is a pain when you live on 10th floor and considering the relatively high price of the accommodation I think it could be improved.
Brilliant, I have everything I need open till really late which is really convenient
Great, i love Leeds and feel at home in it already. The music scene is brilliant and I always find myself wanting to go to way more gigs than I can afford or have time for! There are loads of great places to eat and it's a big enough place not to get boring but small enough to be convenient.
There aren't loads of extra societies however I don't find myself with loads of free time because of practice and playing with bands or at jams.
Very good, I feel comfortable talking to tutors about any problems I have
It’s just the beginning and has opening up limitless patio bows for me that is quite overwhelming but I have all the guidance I need. If there was more fiancial help and grants for the lower income students that would allow me to do so much more. Buts it’s chamted my life and has been very positive.
I have already gained part time work for a project happening inside the campus filming for Yorkshire musicians society passed in from one of my lecturers as well as volunteering to performe for a student event happening around may 2019. We are emailed weekly with a timetable of daily workshops and masterclasses from high level industry professionals. We also can post our own student opportunities that had lead to me already collaborating with a students studying her masters in performance and my own posted opportunity has lead to networking with another Masters student who wants to create a business involving lcom students. I would say I literally could not be in a better place or bombarded with anymore potential opportunities. It’s all there and accessible for everybody. I have also signed up the the campus enterprise program that’s acts as a booming agency for bands and solo artists to gain them work and experience in the industry, this is awesome and gives people the chance to get out there and decline as an artist. We are always encouraged to network and meet people on different pathways from our tutors so I feel in a very positive growth driven environment.
I like how efficient and detailed everything has been. We can acces and view our lessons back should we need too we have an extensive reading and technology resources. I love how we are being lead by people who have and are successful musicians keeping up to date with the industry as this is key to moving into the ever changing industry ourselves. I like the technology delivery and also our sceduales are not to draining. Our work is also very practical so we have a lot of creative freedom. Everything we are taught and apply gives us more skills than your standard musician. We also have mental health support and the whole campus is very much based around keeping us happy and healthy mentally and physically and you really feel they care about you for you and not for an alternative motive.
The student union really cares about making Change for its students and campus. I have become a member of the union but have not had the time to settle into the campus life to start getting involved. The union has already changed the lighting at request for one of our rooms we use for DJ technology that’s makes such a different in mood. There has been a student and staff meet and the minuets where sent to everybody so we can keep up to date with what is going on. We also get invited to networks and meet ups regularly and have power to start up our own societies should we want. To say the campus has a tiny tiny! Budget compares to towers they do and amazing job of being present and fighting for change.
Amazing! We have latest kit with time to use it. We are tought fast and also have realistic kit we would use in industry witch is super important. . From study rooms to studios to digital and analogue kit we have the best and most affordable technology and facilities. The library is extensive and even had lovely decor to make you feel relaxed and noticed to work. From space to seats and reading, cds records and even sad lamps to make sure we get enough Sun light during short daylight hours, everything is there for us to reach our potential and not becouse I was cheap and easy and a lot of educational practises could learn a lot from lcom.
Leeds has unlimited potential. There is lots of hiphop nights here and was one of the reasons I choose Leeds. I have been to more gigs in the last 4 months than I ever have living in sheffield. The quality of music is also great and the community is generally freinds but also clickly at times. I have also stumble in studio 21 projects that helps people who don’t ha ve any resources or contacts but want to make music or videography. Leeds is great and I’m yet to settle and experience it to the full as a student and part time working I don’t have income to waste. Once my musical skill and preparition feels on point I will mingle with more open mics as there is many.
There is plenty around but also finding your way in is hard and it seems the best way into a scene is to build your own. I’m hiphop i. Leeds it seems more of the ego modern twist is taking off but also the positive mindful side is also thriving but just doesn’t pack a night out as much. There is lovely bars to go to such as old red if you want to be somewhere with like minded people and good music. You have so many bars and hidden treasures that I’m fortunate to stumble in right away. Also you have beaver works that off your a raver is literally the best most innovative place there is in Leeds and If has a night to suit everybody.
It’s literally amazing and I’m not sure what they could improve other than maybe some more rooms specially for our course as it’s thefirst time it’s been run and we do need maybe our own specific studio for mixing and mastering. We have help and advice for out mental and physical health as I’ve even had physio for free that solved an issue with my back that The NHS never noticed. We have the latest kit. We can take kit out and we are trusted. We. An get insurance and a student GP and we have a cool bar. I don’t know if we could ask for anymore as it’s all there for the taking. The campus was very fast on getting me extra time for my mental health issues and this has relaxed me with deadlines. They offer a wide range of support for those with disabilities and don’t single people out. It’s a very well organised place in every way. Right down to having guest speakers from other organisationns in all the time.
My university experience has been good so far. It has gone incredibly quickly. I wish that the student union were more active, e.g putting on Christmas and summertime balls.
There’s always lots of master classes run by professional musicians in the classical music industry - they are very inspiring. LCoM run modules such as “musical tuition” to provide us with the skills we will need, should we want to go into teaching after graduating.
There are lots of performance opportunities each week, with “performance in context” modules. These opportunities help with performance anxiety because it gets us used to having to perform on a regular basis. During our special study classes I think pianist should be provided.
I think the student union could be better. When I was a fresher I didn’t think the events were very good. And during term there should be more events going on- maybe a Christmas and summer time ball?
Great facilities at LCoM. Could be more practice rooms?
Leeds is amazing - so many live music events every single week.
There could be more societies. LCoM doesn’t feel like a proper university because of the lack of clubs and societies.
Great support offered by LCoM. The health and well-being team hold yoga sessions on Friday afternoons which are really enjoyable and provide an opportunity to escape the stress of deadlines.
I'm enjoying the course, I found it difficult at first as I didn't have much of an induction as I'm previously an external however I managed to catch up thanks to one of my tutors and I worked hard by myself to catch up to my own desirable level and for the course. This was within the music studios themselves. As mentioned in a previous section there is a lot of time wasting on one of my projects which I wish could be different, as that unit in particular is completely new to me.
Teaching skills, experience, working with others
The thing I like most about my course is taught is that everyone can have their own agenda and goal to achieve at the end of the course whether it be further studies or employability and the teaching staff accommodate and nurture this. The thing I like least is I have one lecturer in particular who doesn't always teach things that are based on the curriculum or upcoming exams. His exact words last week being "what I'm teaching over the next 3 weeks has nothing to do with what we're doing but I'll show you it anyway", with respect it was interesting however I feel I'd benefit from actually learning something I'm going to be examined on or would benefit in the long term from instead of wasting time.
It seems to be very active and organised. I don't know much about it though but would like to.
Like the SU, I don't know enough but would like to
I have had great 1:1 support from my tutors and I've heard that the personal support is very re-assuring and helpful