I’m having an amazing time! I feel as though LCoM is one of the best places to study and I couldn’t recommend for people to come here enough. Assignments aren’t as dreaded as they have been in other places as they are all informative and something that’s beneficial to knowledgeable on.
There are lots of different opportunities made available by LCoM, it’s just down to the individual to take them up. The masterclasses are very informative on how to increase your own employability.
I like how all the lecturers know their field very well and usually have all the answers you’re looking for. A lot the presentations include old information that is now outdated due to the constant change in the industry and I feel as though the lecturer should try to make them more current.
Apart from freshers week, I haven’t really heard much about the student union.
Joseph Stones House is great if you like drinking and lots of freshers parties and socialising. Not so great if you like much quiet time because the walls are very thin.
The facilities are great and the Business Hub is a great area to meet with fellow students or just chill out. The library is a great place to work and they have an amazing range of resources.
There’s so much to do regardless of what you like to do in your spare time. Nightlife is great, and there’s loads of shopping places.
There aren’t many societies for business students who aren’t musicians or from certain groups such as African-Caribbean, Christian, LGBTQ+ and Vegan. I feel as though there should be more generalised societies.
There’s so much support! Lecturers are very approachable, one to one sessions are great, and there’s so much help available for people who need counselling.
My time at LCoM has been second to non. Coming from another institution previously where the experience was awful, I can truthfully say that all of my thoughts in education have been raised to the highest standard.
Consistently the university teaches us about the real world of music. There is no fantasy in what we study. Every student will leave the establishment with more knowledge of the music business than before. Lecturers are always in search of new people to communicate with and to help build each students personal connections with industry professionals, which is admirable for a course that doesn't offer a placement year.
There is always the reminder that music is an art, and that opinion is purely based on an individual level. I believe there could be more engagement between the younger and older years to allow for a growing collaboration scheme.
Incredibly centred on student wellbeing. Not enough funding for new societies therefore restricting the potential for developing ideas. Not enough focus on physical activity, sport is majorly lacking at this institution.
The best in the country for music production. There is simply nowhere else that can provide such impressive facilities with such a grand scale of equipment and talented students to use it.
Incredible, if you want to live quietly you can easily. If you want to enjoy more of the student aspects then you are never short for choice.
Not enough, more is needed for the production side of the course.
Incredible. We potentially have one of the best systems for wellbeing in students. The lecturers are reachable all times of the week and are always interested in any projects that students are engaged in. This stands for inside and outside of college.
I’ve been made to feel very welcome, and have been pushed academically. What you put in, you will get out of it. Supporting others and socialising is as important as studies so as not to be isolated or lonely
Guest lectures and workshops
Most: tutors are approachable and make learning fun Least: often assumed everyone is at same level at everything
Students union are great
Vibrant, busy, creative
There aren’t enough
Student services excellent Tutors brill, always willing to help as much and often as possible
University in first year was quite lonely as I found it hard meeting new people and making friends- mainly down to my own issues and the people I lived with in first year. Had to use counselling in both 1st and 2nd year- for different reasons both times. 2nd year has been a lot more fun and I have made several close friends but is extremely stressful. Looking forward to a break!
Lessons with top quality teachers to help master your craft Workshops with upcoming and well established musicians from around the globe (mainly from the UK and USA, specifically New York), which give opportunities to ask them lots of useful questions and to learn from them Many gig opportunities around Leeds to try and get your name out onto the scene More could be done to help students with developing an online presence to increase employability
I love the lessons- they're taught in much smaller groups which are great for learning and contributing and all lessons are tailored towards you and are really useful and insightful. I dislike how casual the course can become and wish that there was more focus on attendance.
The students Union is not amazing at getting the word out about upcoming gigs and events, they do try but only really succeed with events they run themselves- other gigs and the like are publicised by the band itself. The events they do run are a lot of fun, but are sparse and few in-between. More could be done after Freshers week to keep students feeling like part of a larger community (especially during the winter months).
Amazing in general- they have a great range of professional instruments to hire out and use for gigs if needed which is very useful. However in college some equipment in band rooms especially are not good enough to practise on and play with and need to be addressed.
Leeds city life is very good as a musician- it has a huge student population so it means most gigs are packed out and it's a great environment to develop in. Can be a little too hectic at times
Clubs and societies are mostly non-existent. Only a couple exist which actually hold good and frequent events.
Tutors are great at helping with academic problems- though they are busy they almost always find time to help with your assignments and encourage you down the right path. Personal support is small and so it is difficult at times to get support quickly from those people but those in that department are lovely and care a lot about the students.
One of the best schools I’ve been to (and I have been to four unis)!! You should definitely apply, won’t regret it. The process is easy, the teachers are great, the facilities are top notch.
A lot of the teachers are active industry professionals with plenty of great advice! The uni also organizes a LOT of mixer and workshop/masterclass events, featuring highly relevant material.
I love how everything is serious but informal at the same time. Very laid back and easy to get used to. Can’t really think of something I don’t like.
Those guys are really cool and well organized. Lots of cool events!
Amazing! I use the recording studios quite frequently.
I love Leeds. It’s small but has everything I need, the music scene is vibrant and full of options!
There’s all sorts of different stuff to do, sports included. Very cool.
This part is amazing, every teacher and staff goes out of their way to help you.
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!
Really positive - lots of support to learn and grow as a person, not just subject-specific. My favourite things here are the staff and the resources, I've had a really good 4.5 years (BTEC and now in last year of degree) at LCoM.
Workshops with industry professionals, business modules, networking events, performance opportunities
Most - great staff & always available to help out. Lots of options to tailor the course to your interests as you go through. Least - Some modules aren't relevant to me but have to do them anyway.
Does really great stuff at a small institution. Always open to ideas and help people set things up. I don't get involved 'cause I don't have time!
WONDERFUL! Macs, up-to-date software, instruments, practice spaces, etc. Only qualm is that some resources are course-dependent.
Vibrant, busy, lots of social life and opportunities - big student city.
Friendly and welcoming, including help to set one up if it isn't happening already.
Really good, thorough and always offer how to improve as well as what went well. Counselling and student support is readily available too.
Really fun, I love my course and since classes aren’t very big there’s a nice cosy atmosphere in college and you always bump into people you know in the cafe. There’s always events on and it’s easy to make friends
They bring in industry guests for master classes and Film Nights where we can showcase our work and make contacts.
They’re fun and informative and we get given a lot of extra master classes and workshops on top of our contact hours. We get one to ones as well which really help and our lecturers are easily accessible.
It’s informative and we often get emails from them. I’m not personally involved because I don’t feel the need to
Quite good, we have Mac Labs on every floor which are open till 3am and various studios we can book out
City life is busy and fun!
Fun, there’s something for everyone
Really good. Our one to ones really help a lot and we can email tutors and ask for feedback and help too
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at uni, the only downside I can think of is not having any sports teams I can join, this is a big part of my life and I have had to join an external club. However Uni Sport is such a huge part of student life that it was incredibly disappointing finding out i could not take part in sport.
There are lots of recruitment fairs which LCoM get tickets for, they advise us to go regularly, however there are no opportunity’s to have a year in industry, and they offer no grad schemes.
My course has very small numbers which is great for a learning environment. All the lecturers know exactly what they are talking about and have spent many years in the industry which is great as we get to learn about it from a first had perspective. However there have been a number of times where only a couple of people have turned up for a lecture, and the lecture has got cancelled because of low numbers. Which is very frustrating as then we miss out on a week of learning.
The students union is great and there is a reasonable number of society’s. Due to the uni being very small there can’t be a huge number. However the SU is very supportive to students with any issues they face and in my experience make the social environment at uni a far better place.
5*, the facilities are state of the art and no other music conservatoire can rival them.
Leeds city life is incredible, large music scene and there’s a great buzz to the city.
There are a fair few clubs and society’s. There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in something they enjoy which is great.
I have not experienced personal support such as counselling so I cannot comment, however the academic tutors are great and always offer their time to see us.
I love it. I was very nervous to move away from home and study and it's been really rewarding. I wish I could start over with the knowledge and experience I had now so I could appreciate all that was on offer from day 1
They have a lot of masterclasses which give us a real prospective about how working in the industry works for a music student. As well as this there are module options that place you out in the industry and we have a great careers department
I like how the classes are very small so you get a lot of attention and help within your lessons. They structure of lesson are always good, and usually interactive and practical. There are some lectures where we don't receive anymore information that we would if we just read through a powerpoint at home, so I'd sometimes want more interactive lesson. The course is taught well over all as we have lectures who are industry experts and have experience in what they're teaching.
I think the students union are a vital part of the university. However I am a part of the students union myself, so I don't want to give a biased view.
Our facilities are outstanding, especially because the facilities we need as performers and producers are expensive. However sometimes the equipment breaks or is faulty and there is wait on getting anything fixed.
I love Leeds. It's a small city, but with everything you need within it. Moving from a very small village to Leeds was a big jump, but I think although Leeds can be dangerous at night times, like most cities, it is a very friendly city with so much on offer, especially for students.
We have a small number of societies at Leeds College of Music, they're mainly music based, but we are also able to join societies at Leeds Uni, which gives us chance to get involved in a lot of different things
I think there is a lot of support on offer, however I don't think a lot of people know about it specifically. I am only just learning about the support as I get half way through my 3rd year. There needs to more support for stress and mental health issues and this is what I see a lot of in uni.