BA (Hons) Music (Production) at Leeds College of Music

BA (Hons) Music (Production) at Leeds College of Music


The facilities in Leeds College
of Music are actually amazing. Everyone is really friendly and
I can always go up to them for help. The opportunities for collaboration are
like nowhere else I’ve ever been. Coming here, I’ve just become
an artist, to be honest. Studying Music Production at Leeds College
of Music is a very bespoke musical experience, fully immersed with Jazz, Pop and
Classical students, but with a focus on creating music through
music production technology. When students come to Leeds College
of Music, they can expect to experience music production in
the widest sense. The Music Production course is suitable for
both very musical, creative and technical people, we’re looking for both
musical aptitude and talent as well as enthusiasm and an aptitude
for the technical side of music making. Looking at music production in a more holistic
sense and looking at more of the creative process of making music,
and producting music. There’s quite a lot of collaboration that you can find,
a lot of my friends are actually on different courses. Collaboration is a massive part of what
we do here at Leeds College of Music, with the students working alongside each other
in the different disciplines, but also with projects that we run with organisations
outside of the conservatoire. Say you’re working on a rock track and you
feel that you want to have a string section in the chorus, you can just get online
and get the string section to come. Or you feel like you need a saxophone in this section
and there’s a saxophonist next door. You can find Jazz singers here, and then
string quartets, all sorts of different kinds of music. I did a track with a girl called Lucy, it was a pop track,
electronic, dance music and we put that forward to BBC Introducing, and it was selected to be Radio 1
‘Track of the Week’, which meant that it was on Radio 1 daytime everyday for
a week, which was amazing. The facilities at LCoM are really good,
especially the studios. We have all analogue recording studios,
Mac suites running the latest software, and that’s available for the students to access
and book outside of all the taught sessions. So we’ve got this studio here with the SSL,
which is obviously amazing. There’s also mixing studios which is all Neve EQs
and Neve Preamps, they’re world class. The microphones here are great as well,
pretty much anything you could dream of. They’re open until 3am,
gives you plenty of time We get taught about Logic, Pro Tools and Ableton,
also we have the opportunity to do the Logic 101 exam, which is great because that costs a load of
money to do it usually and we can do that for free. All the tutors are quite specialised in what they do so you get different knowledge from different backgrounds. All of the staff, having their own professional
practice and freelance work inputting into the course keeps it fresh, relevant and
as up-to-date as we can be. The projects that students would work on would
range from a more traditional studio EP or album, right through to re-writing
film music for a score. One of the projects we had to do was to
write to a commercial pop track. We did location recording, so we got to
go around town with a zoom mic and record as many different
spaces as possible. That was the best one because all
of my catchy hooks were in there. We ended up recording a song underground,
beneath Leeds Railway Station, which sounded pretty cool. It seems like most weeks there’s always
something really cool going on. You’ve got a really diverse
music scene in Leeds. it’s quite nice that there’s open
arts spaces such as Wharf Chambers where you can have any type
of band play there. Everything that you can think about
you can find here it’s an amazing city. Studying at Leeds College of Music is
unique due to its all under one roof approach. We’ve got Classical, Pop and Jazz students
all alongside Music Production students which is a massive advantage
when creating music. After I graduate I’d quite like to work in studios,
and I’d quite like to be an in-house engineer, and then work on mixing and mastering
and hopefully become a mastering engineer. By the time my degree is up I feel
I’ll know exactly what kind of area of the industry I’ll want to go into,
so I can put everything into that. The community at LCoM is really tight. Everyone is really friendly here. I feel like noone is left alienated,
you’re very much supported. The ethos of Leeds College of Music
is one of preparing musicians for the 21st century, so looking at a portfolio
career, giving you a broad range of skills whilst offering you a very specialist
music production education.

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