To be honest, going to LCoM was a mistake. It would be unfair to blame my bad experience entirely on the university, as many contributing factors came from my life beyond university, but I felt that were was an extreme lack of support from the SU and no guidance at all was provided in terms of meeting people and making friends at LCoM. This led to social isolation, which became a major issue for me. Very little contact hours and irrelevant topics being taught on the Music Production course led to extreme disillusion in regard to the course, which thus led to my transfer to a new university in a different city. Furthermore, the lack of activities and things to do in Leeds also contributed to the reason why I not only transferred to a new university, but also moved to a new, more exciting Northern city in the process. The place I am in now in comparison to where I was when I lived in Leeds is an extreme opposite.
Not much emphasis put on this at all. The Working in the Creative Industries module in year 1 is beneficial, though as mentioned by other reviewers, doesn’t really cover anything that can’t be searched for on Google. LCoM doesn’t offer its students any work placements or sandwich years, and in my opinion, the careers team was pretty non-existent and useless. I have the benefit of comparison because I left LCoM and transferred to a new University to study Music Production, and the difference in terms of student support and careers advice and guidance is unbelievable. LCoM needs to up its game. Not only that, but during my time there I also found it absolutely pointless to attend lectures on topic that I would not be assessed on, and that would serve me no benefit in the world of work. Many modules also served little relevance to the world of work beyond university. I felt that the college as a whole was guiding its students to become the next big musician or band, without any support for those students who did not wish to make it big. Finally, to be completely honest, gaining a degree from this college, in my opinion, will not increase your employability prospects in the real world at all unless your goal is to make it big with your band, which to be honest, can be done without attending a Conservatoire.
Studio sessions and learning to use DAWs in Mac Labs were both fun and beneficial. However, the very little amount of contact hours per week (7 or 8 on average) meant that I constantly felt that I was wasting my £9000 per year, doing/learning very little at a sluggish pace, and not getting to know my course mates. Having lectures on topics that we would not be assessed on (particularly on the Music Production course) and that were irrelevant and boring was also frustrating. LCoM, please look at your attendance figures for lectures at the beginning of the academic year, and then compare them to figures at the end of the academic year. There is a reason students stop attending these pointless lectures! Furthermore, without naming any names, I felt, as a female on the Music Production course, that certain staff members were quite misogynistic and condescending towards me in comparison to the more “able” males in my Year 2 group project. Not acceptable in 2018.
Basically non existent. Bear in mind that LCoM is not a normal university, so when applying, don’t expect there to be many societies. There are a few decent music societies, and a few sports, but nothing in comparison to “actual” universities. In terms of student support and guidance, I always found the SU quite cliquey and unapproachable.
Overall a decent experience. Rooms are to a good standard, and include an ensuite. Kitchen is fine and weekly maintenance cleaners really help out. The only thing that bothered me while living in halls was the extortionate prices. £135 a week was a bit ridiculous. The company that runs the student halls, Unite, are also a bit money hungry. Almost didn’t give me back a deposit of £250 last year just because I accidentally left some items in my room after handing back my key, and only repaid this money to me after I emailed them multiple times.
Very high quality. Studios are equipped with industry standard equipment and are open until 3am most days. Instruments are to a good standard too, though I always found Amps to be either faulty or scarce in numbers. Music Software is also industry standard, and practise rooms/studios are very professional. As LCoM is a very small college, the only social area is the Cafe/Bar, which isn’t actually that big, and slightly overpriced. LCoM does have a students common room, but I’ve never actually seen anybody use it.
Leeds just wasn’t my city. Too big and spread out, and unfortunately for me, I ended up living 45 minutes away from my friends, which led to social isolation and a severe lack of a social life. Not much to do in the city except shop. Don’t get me wrong, it is a lovely looking city, and has many high street stores and modern shopping centers, but as a student, what you really crave is culture, activities and adventure. When my family came to visit, I was struggling to keep them entertained. When compared to where I now attend university in the UK, Leeds is unbelievably boring.
As mentioned before, there aren’t many. LCoM does have a few orchestras and choirs, but don’t expect to get into any of them unless you are exceptional on your instrument. The sports societies are very small and in my opinion, quite cliquey. LCoM does however give you the option to join societies in both Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University, which is perhaps its only saving grace for this section.
Very good. LCoM makes its students aware of its guidance counselors and student mentors upon enrollment, and the student finance team were extremely helpful for me when I applied for the hardship fund in my second year. My course leader was also very understanding and helpful when I told him about my wishes to transfer to a new university, and took the time to meet with me and discuss my reasons as to why I came to that conclusion. He even wrote a reference to my new university for me, for which I am extremely grateful.
After studying at LCoM for not that long, I gained an insightful view as to what it would be like if I stayed on for next 3 years. I would be spending a lot of money to do this course, and then I would not have any prospects for when I'd finish, unless I wanted to become a teacher, or to try and 'make it' with my "band" and do a bar job on the side - just not that realistic. Additionally, I would probably have better luck creating a band as a hobby at a really good Russell Group University, and doing a more academic degree, so I would actually coming out with a job at the end of it. However, I did think the social aspect was brilliant and met some great people, although I was paying to do the course, and just couldn't imagine myself getting anywhere after those 3 years with a 'Popular Music' degree - which is also given by the University of Hull. Unless your 100% sure you want to end up in the music industry for life (as your degree does shape your future), then look elsewhere and carry on doing your music as your hobby, not your profession.
Had no idea of how I was going to get a successful job at the end of this degree, unless you want to go into teaching. No work placements given, and if you want your band to succeed you have to make it in your own time in outside of the course - which you could easily do at a different, really good university.
Some of the teachers were nice, however felt like there was 0 structure to the course, and doesn't set you up for the realities of life by the time the degree is over. Had only 2 lectures a week as well, so really not a lot of time learning for the amount of money you are paying to do the course.
The only societies that I know of at LCoM is the sports society - with a range of 4 sports, and a vegan society. If your looking for a great students union, you are probably at the wrong place. People are nice though, but I tagged along with the University of Leeds freshers events - not the LCoM ones.
Loved my accommodation! Social aspect was brilliant, with a real sense of a community. However fits into one building and there is not a lot of option.
The facilities at LCoM are actually decent. Large recording studios and good rehearsal rooms. The only place to meet your friends though is in the cafe/bar, which is basically the student union, so there's really not a lot of options on that front.
Leeds is a very compact city, and the city centre is quite small when you get to know it. Nightlife is decent, some nice bars, alright clubs - only if your into house music though. City is very easy to get around though, haven't had to catch a bus once, and its decent for what you get.
Can't really talk about the clubs and societies as there really aren't that many.
Student services is good - nice people in there, however felt like I couldn't talk about my issues with the course to anyone. Feedback isn't great as well as they already expect you to know it all and be a no. 1 musician already.
I have loved being at Leeds College of Music. I have learnt a lot about myself and gained some great knowledge from the lecturers. What I'd say if you are planning to study Music Business looking to progress properly into the business is NETWORK as much as possible.
The key staff within the Music Business course are friendly and informative. A few go out of their way to help you out/help you make your ideas happen. The course helps you gain general knowledge about the Music Industry as a whole and points you in a direction.
Leeds College of Music has an excellent student union.
Although I study Business, my friends on the performance courses say they are overall happy with the facilities the University has to offer.
Leeds is a great city, not too busy but busy enough that there's always something to do and someone to meet. Different club nights most days of the week.
The college has a good system when it comes to counselling and other support. Feedback generally comes back after 20 days of submission as their policy. Lecturers it is on a personal basis how supportive they are, not overall as a teaching body.
I have just finished. I was there for 5 years rather than 3 as a result of nerve damage in my left arm. The experience was a great learning curve for me, but was largely very negative. I came with a great sense of trust in that the tutors would all be great and I would be helped every step of the way with the music I was making but this was not the case. You will be told if there is something you are doing musically that a teacher doesn't agree with. If you are going to study here, start a band, write songs, whatever. For 3 years, do this, work hard and use the facilities and meet the people you need to meet. But I would say don't go to lectures, don't listen to the majority of teachers and your peers and if you have a strong idea and interest in what you are trying to do as a musical person the you will be fine. Don't go to Leeds College of Music!! Move to Leeds, go to Leeds university, study something that won't use up all your time, and start a band with like minded people! (this is from the perspective of a pop/rock/jazz guitarist and producer).
There is a good range of modules which offers different opportunities that you wouldn't get elsewhere (Marketing, Education, Journalism) and opens you up to new ideas well. I think generally I am more employable as a result of studying at Leeds College of Music as I understand how institutes work and the politics involved.
I studied on the Jazz course,the teachers were inspiring and creative and made an effort to get to know me and help me pursue my interests and help me get better as a musician. Music and Ideology was also a great learning experience and opened my mind to new ways of thinking about life and music in general. It also helped me understand myself better. The Jazz course is generally quite bad and offers nothing substantial/helps you get to grips with even basic improvisational concepts. The main problem is there is no history course - which means everything you study can't be put into context! How can you study an 'Art' without context??? The course is treated like an apprenticeship for Jazz musicians who are already playing and are interested in playing Modern Jazz - If you aren't interested in this I doubt you will enjoy this course! Many teachers treat it like an opportunity to meet new people to play with, if they don't like your 'thing' then you won't get a great deal out education a lot out of them!
The College is too small/students seemingly somewhat unmotivated to make anything substantial happen, and when the SU put events on the attendance of events is poor. I would say it is the fault of students, rather than the SU, for its failings. However SU staff were a great help gave me lots of advice and help on how to deal with the politics in the building and trying to get the most out of my learning.
Private housing is good, but like most privatised industries in the UK it is far too expensive and really unaffordable for my circumstances, especially for students!
Very Very Good! Its hard to get rooms to play during the day but you book them out in advance. There is always free space to rehearse after 9pm and I've used the rehearsal rooms multiple times a week for all the bands i've been involved with over the last few years. You can get instruments/mics/gear etc. from the hatch and its all good stuff. Sometimes it's broken but it gets fixed quickly if you let them know. Used the studios to record two EP's while i've been there (only problem is I'm not allowed to use the desks etc because I'm not on the production course), but you can easily get a producer to do this for you. Library is also good - only problem is the CD section is a bit limited and only offers the fundamental stuff; really.
Very good! Lots of gigs, loads of good events nights (Cosmic Slop/Chunk), Brudenell Social club is really good for gigs etc. Go to the Brudenell and Wharf Chambers regularly for the best stuff (I think!).
There isn't really any that I've been involved with as I've always been busy doing musical things; good from what I hear!
Academic - I've had great support, feedback and guidance from SOME tutors. PERSONAL - the student support service is outstanding and have had a great deal of support from there (with regards to health problems.
Even if they were charging £1000 a year, as opposed to nine times that. I would still feel I wasn't getting my money's worth. If you don't like writing and would prefer to do your 'essays' in video form, where you still have the same marking scheme as those that write essays, come to LCoM. If you want an easy, dreary degree, come here. If you don't want emails back, come here. If you want lecturers contradicting each other on what to do for your assignments come here. The list goes on, but alas I'm boring myself, as I'm sure I'm boring you now as well. I realise I have been harsh, but if you expect the above from a university, this isn't really the place for you. (Pretty sure LCoM also came last in a recent poll on student satisfaction, lol)
For other courses like classical and jazz, there are often posts sent for job opportunities for a variety of aspects from playing on cruise ships to touring, etc. For the production course, I can three emails that directly involved production students and even then none caught my fancy. The emails were sent out more than once so clearly they didn't catch any other production student's fancy either. I aim to apply for an MA after this and will be doing this almost exclusively outside of LCoM. There are a couple of fantastic lectures whom I will be discussing it with, but other than that I doubt the college would be of much use. I've been that the college have an MA talk in May, but I suspect it will only really be a talk about their own MA course that they offer.
I have a couple of absolutely fantastic lecturers, they are inspiring and clearly gifted teachers, musicians and academics. However they seem few and far between compared with the lecturers that don't reply to emails, seem unprepared, are confused with each other about what advice to give and how to mark work. The emails remark alone; one scenario comes to mind where I emailed the same lecturer three times, of each he responded he will get back to me, on the last occasion he even said he will 'respond tomorrow'. Of course he didn't and I didn't even get a response at all after that. I have sent for feedback/discussions/etc and received emails weeks after, when the deadline has already passed. On the Facebook page for LCoM students you can see students complain about particular courses. Ranting on how the lecturers are feeding them incorrect information, not teaching it well, contradicting other lecturers. Our rep for the year had to complain about a lecturer who wasn't nearly teaching a new software well enough for students to understand. To which he simply received the response that they were complaining too late to be able to do anything about it. A fair response, until you consider that the students I discussed this with were waiting to see if it got any better before complaining. The entire scenario seems fairly ironic. The course overall is devoid of anything close to academia. If you want to mix a few songs, jam occasionally and have some good banter with your lecturers this is the place to come. For me, who wanted to be able to write philosophically/socially/academically/etc. on music, or be able to write on anything music related at all really, then this isn't the place. Even making music seems few and far between so far, out of the thirteen assignments this year (year two), three, arguably four involve making original music. There is no dissertation in the third year, instead you make an album. While this sounds great, for me wanting to do a serious MA, this isn't exactly useful for a further career path. Having to sit through second year lectures on how to reference was entirely ridiculous also. In hindsight, perhaps I should have had lesser expectations and/or applied to somewhere more serious, but LCoM's reputation as a prestigious conservatoire does somehow exist. The few fantastic lecturers saved this from being a rated one star.
It would be unfair to criticise LCoM's Student Union. The individuals there clearly do work hard. LCoM's size however really does limit it from being something better. I was assured the freshers week was going to be awful, so I spent it at a friend's freshers week in London. Views of the students do seem to get heard and the hard work of the Student President does seem to have paved the way for changes. At this point however, nearing two years down at the college, I honestly loathe the place and any changes I feel like they make, would be too insignificant to make a difference.
Fairly good. There are some nice studios, but they become very difficult to book. considering the size of the place vs. the people that want to book studios. The library is small but does the job. The computer labs can sometimes be great, but other times you won't be able to log into Ableton, Max for Live, Reason, etc. for whatever reason. I've literally sat in multiple lectures waiting for someone to come and sort out our computers so we can log on. When you get the harsh reminder that you're paying for those 5/10/15/20 minutes spent clicking your heels waiting for the IT staff to (perhaps) solve the problem, it really does become sad and amusing. Mostly sad though.
Leeds electronic scene is very minimal. Wire has some very good events on but there are of course not constant. There is a range of nightlife for everyone if you love a fairly generic club. Indie music seems to thrive more so in Leeds and there are classical events on now and then too. Whenever I look for gigs I want to go to, they are always on in Manchester. A friend at work said she gets the train to Manchester every time she goes to a gig simply because the events she wants to go to aren't on in Leeds. Apps like eventseeker just prove my point as I scroll and scroll trying to find a single event that I want to go to that's in Leeds and not in Manchester. Leeds is a nice city for shopping, browsing, walks, etc. The architecture is grand and it's generally very pretty. There are places to go and places to avoid as with any city.
LCoM offers LGBT, chess, frisbee and film societies but generally the college's own output for societies is very poor. I have a job as well as attending LCoM, so finding casual time on a Sunday afternoon is very hard to come by and impossible to come by regularly. Recently LCoM managed to convince Leeds University and Leeds Beckett to let us join their societies but hardly anyone seemed to realise this until after the deadline for joining them had passed.
Academic support: awful Personal support: pretty good
My time at lcom has been brilliant. Best thing I've done, met the best friends i could have hoped for and learned a lot. I feel like i am twice the musician i was when i came.
Get in with the right people and you'll have great prospects.
Lectures are good. Not great. It all depends on what you want to learn, some lectures i would go to, come home and talk about with my flatmates for the rest of the day. Others seemed pointless to me, but others found useful, but i really can't complain as i have learned a lot about the subjects i feel interested by. After reading some reviews on here people need to realise that this course isn't designed for them and only them. It is designed for musicians of all types with varying interests. As far as 1-1 goes, i felt as if it relied on me to voice what i wanted to learn. There was no set curriculum, which for me wasn't great. I was assigned a predominantly 'Jazz' teacher, and i felt as if i was being pressured into learning jazz, a genre i totally respect and enjoy but not what i wanted to learn. Although you could say i should have just spoken out and said i didn't want to learn it, hey ho.
Most su groups were aimed at classical/jazz students. I didn't feel like there was much for pop students. From what i have heard these groups are good though.
Practice rooms, studios and performance spaces are top notch. gear from facilities isn't so great, guitars are terribly set up. LCM invested in some Epiphone and Fender guitars which were fantastic, but some students dont understand the value of the instruments and don't respect that they are not theirs so within weeks they are borderline unplayable. I would encourage everyone to take their own instruments in.
Leeds is brilliant, there is always something to do. Literally something for everyone. as far as clubs and nightlife goes, im not particularly into clubbing etc. But there are a few 'clubs' and bars that i genuinely love going to. Again, there's something for everyone.
There are no societies that i wanted to get involved in, but that speaks about myself more than LCoM. Lots of my friends are involved with societies and have a great time.
Great, tutors are very friendly and always up for a chat. There is also counselling if you need it for personal matters.
My experience was not what I expected it to be, I expected to feel like a student but nothing really settled until arriving in 2nd year. It takes time to settle and work out the rhythm of student life.
I don’t think I will be better off finding work here just because I am on LCM student, unfortunately.
I have learnt lots about music that I have never learnt about before. In fact, I was not entirely keen on the jazz music scene but that has completed changed since my time here. The one-to-one instrumental lesson are particular good, I have really excelled as a guitarist and can see the specific improvements I have made. I do feel sometimes the course can be diluted a little bit too much with things that aren’t necessarily important. We are forced to write self-assessment and peer-assessments and we are examined on “learning skills” – all of which are compulsory and are required to pass the year but do not contribute whatsoever to our final grade. Apart from my instrumental teacher, I don’t interact with my tutors as much as I want to as well.
I know nothing about what the SU do, they need to do a better job publicising themselves. I guess they do an adequate job relative to the small size of the conservatoire.
The location of the Joseph Stones house building was great, it is next to LCM and a 5 minute walk to the city centre. The quality of the rooms themselves was poor though, you only received the bare minimum and it was expensive as well.
I love how there is a piano in every room, you can always make music in some form or another (at least if you are a pianist). The library is decent but is nowhere near as large as those available in the other Leeds universities. Printing and copying is also too expensive and seems rather petty charging students for ink when we pay £9000 a year for a degree.
Everything in Leeds is accessible; there is no need to get the bus or train to get around. There are some nice open spaces compared to cities like Manchester and Liverpool which are quite cramped and compact. It’s great walking down the canal or going to Hyde Park which are more scenic areas but at the same time still being very close to the city centre.
I have not joined any societies in LCM as there are few and none interest me. I have had to join societies at Leeds Uni instead.
As a final year student, my time has gone by so fast and I would gladly do this all again. Teaching is excellent, I've met some friend for life and have gained new experiences along the way.
There has been a massive improvement in the way LCM supports students with work. This year, we have been told that LCM will help us with getting more work now as well as in the future. Tutors have told students that there will be more events and gigs put on in the future so student get more exposure of the work they do.
The course is really small but this is good in that you can really get to know everyone very well including teachers and students, everyone can see improvements in what you are doing. The environment is friendly and it’s great receiving support from so many people. Teaching is excellent, tutors all have a professional approach to the way they teach but each have their own style and method. One negative aspect of the course is that there is not enough contact time, everyone could benefit more from a few more hours a week, and currently students spend a total of around 8 compulsory hours in college.
I have not heard much from the SU this year but I think they are doing a good amount for students here and are planning events for the future.
The student halls I lived in were great, I was lucky to be put in a flat with some really friendly people. The rent we were charged was still too high for what we got in return.
College is open till 3am so you can practice well into the night. The facilities department also stock a decent amount of equipment.
City life in Leeds is great. I like how it is small and compact. There’s lots going on and lots of music to surround yourself with. Everything is in one area so it is easy to meet up with people and go out and socialise.
When I have used the support services in LCM, the staff have always been helpful. We are informed about who we can approach for the different problems we may face during our time as university students.
I think LCoM is the weakest all conservatoires for classical students in regards to the learning content and delivery of subjects. I do find it has a much more relaxed atmosphere and tutors do not over exert you as I have experienced in other conservatoires.
It would be nice if LCoM could offer work placements or year in industries as that would really equip students with the right experience before finding real work after graduation. Otherwise LCoM do try hard to ensure students have a good amount of exposure to life in the music industry.
The course is well suited for those who wish to highly specialise in one area of study, it is not ideal for those who wish to study various different genres. Although this was most likely intentionally done, I still think LCoM could have put in a bit more effort to integrate the learning of different styles of music and how music works in a social context. I would like to study concepts that deal with the psychological, social and physiological side of music. There is too much focus on just studying the history of classical music and theory behind harmony and nothing else in terms of musicianship which is disappointing. The only time LCoM offers more choice in their modules is the Creative Projects week that happens twice a year, but that only last for a week and the lessons you participate in may well only last for a few hours.
The SU should publicise themselves more as most students are unaware of their presence and activities.
Accommodation is terrible value for money. Unite company is especially vile as they deliberately take advantage of students who they know will opt to stay in halls and so change them extortionate amounts of rent. On top of that, they will take every opportunity they can to fine you for even small insignificant damages to the property.
The conservatoire building is rather in the small side. There is only one cafe and one communal area to sit with friends, it can be very limiting in where you can go in the building. LCoM decided to expand the entrance and reception area but that serves no purpose into improving the environment in which students actually spend their time in. The impression I get is that this was purely a tactic to draw newcomers in. What a shame.
Leeds is a good city for students as everything is in close proximity of each other. There is Trinity shopping centre, a John Lewis department opening in 2016, theatres, cinemas and supermarkets all within 15minutes of each other. I do wish leeds had more natural scenery/places to visit. There are not many parks to go and relax in.
There is not much choice in societies on offer. Again, this is a result of the small size of the college but I still think students should be better encouraged to take on more responsibilities and start clubs and societies for their fellow peers so everyone can benefit from something.
There is always staff on hand to help with written work and coursework. There is also a counselling service students can sign up to for weekly sessions with a counsellor.
I have made a close group of friends and have discovered aspects of what is expected and why, with the future careers in mind, the work set is designed as it is. Musical training hours are extremely low when compared with the vast amount music students are paying. Furthermore, the timetable is scattered throughout the week which is extremely unfortunate. During a recent brainstorm with friends we discovered it would be possible to fit our eight hours of timetabled lessons into one day and save a fortune on housing costs by living at home and travelling in once a week. This would save a graduate approximately £15,000 pounds of debt and allow them the choice to live at home whilst still having equal access to university unhindered by proximity. I would recommend it for an intermediate level Jazz player and for a young person who wants a university life, a degree and to play with others. However I would say that the same amount of musical development could be achieved with private lessons some casual performing and collaborating fitted with a normal working week
My field of music is a more complex path and would likely be a combination of income streams. The saying is there are few jobs but lots of work. The right combination of skill and network must be in the equation for me.
Organised teachers, positive pedagogy and lots of contact and linking opportunity. There does need to be more cross collaboration between the pathways though, students are not encouraged enough to mix with other students who specialise in a different field of music. As far as I am aware, there is a networking event but that is designed to get you into contact with different students at LCM and an ensemble called the New Music Collective which performs fusion music, but other than that, there is not much else.
I have had no use for it however I believe the people in charge to be competent and diligent. I was directed to football on an occasion which was successful and accurate. The student union also do a good job organising gigs and events.
It was poor value for Joe Stones inhabitants because of second rate furniture likeable to public sector institutions. The washing facilities were unreasonably expensive and the living space was minimal. Mill Street was better and had pleasant features such as a well-planned living room and organised and secure management.
The facilities are adequate however the systems in place for booking rooms are flawed and too much emphasis Is on the aesthetics of the café and the areas of the college shown to the public rather than quality of food which is comparable to an unlicensed mobile chicken shack one might find on a motorway or an non-established amusement fair.
I enjoy observing the pleasant parts of the city such as old architecture. I like to skate which is met with a friendly and tolerant reaction from the public. I like to gig which is encouraged and facilitated. The public are friendly in general and musical networking is possible.
My focus must be entirely on music so I have joined societies of musicians in Leeds and York. I unfortunately do not have time for other societies despite my eclectic interests. I may investigate some more during third year as it has been said that there are periods with a lighter workload.I also attend football club. It is a great way to stay in shape and there has been university tournaments that LCM has entered.
Many dedicated personnel are willing to help and advertise this to students via noticeboard. Homesickness, Abuse and stress are met with a support network readily available. One can also discuss academic concerns with tutors.