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LCCM Vocal Course – Undergraduate Music Degree

Vocal Course – BMus (Hons) Music Performance and Production

The Vocal Course is a 3 year full-time degree course that commences on Wednesday 30th September 2015

About the Vocal Course at LCCM

The Vocal course at LCCM is unlike any other music degree. Aimed at capable singers, the Vocal course at LCCM combines technical excellence and artistic individuality with a uniquely broad range of related subjects and options. In year 3, you can change your principle area of study from singing to one of the module options listed below. This innovative approach, which is underpinned by rigorous academic standards ensures that LCCM students become versatile, adaptable, entrepreneurial professionals who are ready to handle the complexities of freelance careers.

As a Vocal course student you will learn a vast range of concepts and techniques for the Voice, you will also:

  • perform at live music venues across London
  • record in studios in and outside LCCM
  • write, arrange and direct music for rhythm section, horn section and string quartet
  • study piano as a second subject
  • broaden your skills as singer, performer, writer, producer, teacher and entrepreneur

As our alumni suggests, the Vocal course at LCCM will help you become the complete modern musician.

The Vocal course includes gigs, recording sessions, jams and composition workshops. It also offers you lots of challenging extras such as Large Ensemble, Improvisation groups, Bass and Drum workshops, Drum Line and Choir.

As a Vocal student you will learn a repertoire of classic styles such as Blues, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock & Pop, Reggae, Latin, electronica and new music.

This Vocal course at LCCM leads to a BMus (Hons) degree in Music Performance and Production and is validated by Middlesex University. Students from the EU can fund their studies through the student loan scheme.

LCCM Vocal Course: Year 1 compulsory examined modules

Instrumental Studies

  • weekly vocal classes – technique, timing and groove, vocal harmony arranging, vocal harmony performance, improvisation, reading, transcription, working with accompaniment and artistic direction
  • weekly one to one tutorials
  • weekly small ensemble workshops

Professional Performance

  • weekly performance workshops – reading, repertoire and performance
  • performances at venues across London
  • lectures on the UK music industry and freelance working practices

Composition, Arranging and Analysis

  • weekly classes – writing and arranging for rhythm section and small ensemble
  • music history lectures
  • Logic Pro and Sibelius classes

Harmony and Theory

  • weekly lectures
  • weekly ear training classes
  • arrangers’ piano classes

LCCM Vocal Course: Year 2 compulsory examined modules

Instrumental Studies

  • weekly vocal classes – technique, timing and groove, vocal harmony arranging, vocal harmony performance, improvisation, reading, transcription, working with accompaniment and artistic direction
  • weekly small ensemble workshops
  • weekly one to one tutorials

Professional Performance

  • weekly performance workshops
  • performances at venues across London
  • recording project at a leading external recording studio
  • lectures on the key principles of creative industries

 Composition, Arranging and Analysis

  • weekly classes – writing and arranging for larger ensembles, string quartet and film music
  • weekly studio recording and production sessions

 Harmony and Theory

  • weekly lectures
  • weekly ear training classes

LCCM Vocal Course: Year 3 core modules

(see programme specification for detail on module choice combinations)

Harmony and Rhythm

  • weekly lectures

 Jazz Reharmonisation

  • weekly lectures

Composition, Arranging and Analysis

  • weekly lectures – score analysis, writing and arranging for a wide range of ensembles
  • one to one tutorials
  • guest speakers

Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

  • workshops & lectures
  • guest speakers
  • project group tutorials

Year 3 optional modules

(see programme specification for detail on module choice combinations and restrictions)

Songwriting

  • weekly songwriting lectures
  • one to one tutorials
  • collaborative working
  • guest lectures

Music Production

  • weekly production sessions
  • one to one tutorials
  • collaborative working

Musical Directing and Arranging

  • weekly arranging classes
  • one to one tutorials
  • opportunities to direct a range of performers and ensembles

Audio-visual Synchronisation

  • weekly lectures
  • guest lecturers
  • one to one tutorials
  • collaborative working

Instrumental Studies

  • weekly one to one instrumental tutorials
  • final recital project

Professional Performance

  • weekly performance workshops
  • performing under direction
  • collaborative working
  • performances at venues across London

Recording Act

  • tutorial support
  • studio recording and production sessions
  • marketing campaign
  • final performance

Music Teaching

  • workshops, classes and coaching sessions
  • teaching experience – maintained schools, community organisations, adult education and other key settings

Independent Project

  • academic (non performance-based) individual project
  • tutorial support

Weekly extra curricula workshops and opportunities

  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Choir
  • Large Ensemble (Latin, Big Band, Commercial music)
  • Second Study Piano
  • Drum line
  • Drum and Bass workshops

LCCM graduate career opportunities

Artist, musician, producer

Composer, arranger, lyricist

Creative industries graduate employee

Creative industries entrepreneur

Education and teaching

Graduate employee

Postgraduate study

How to Apply to LCCM

Please call the Admissions Office on +44(0)20 7378 7458 or e-mail  contact@lccm.org.uk to apply to study at LCCM. We use our own Admissions team to manage applications rather than UCAS so you can apply directly to us all year. Places are extremely limited so please apply as early in the year as possible.

Requirements to study at LCCM

We welcome all applications from dedicated, capable people over the age of 18. Our students range from those with straight As at A level to accomplished musicians without a formal music education.

Practical Assessment

Entry on to the programme is through interview and assessment. Applicants must perform two pieces of their own choice on their chosen instrument and demonstrate the sufficient level of live experience, musical knowledge and aptitude for deeper study. For further details please see our LCCM Admissions Policy.

Qualifications required to study the Vocal Course at LCCM

  • 200 UCAS tariff points or equivalent (including ABRSM grade 7 or 8 pass)
  • Music foundation Course or equivalent
  • Mature applicants (21 and over) without formal qualifications but with appropriate musical skills, knowledge and understanding

LCCM Vocal Course: International Students

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Certificate (CEFR) Level B2 English language competence by providing a recent secure English language test (SELT) from an approved test provider. Applicants must achieve at least CEFR level B2 in all four components (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Approved test providers

  • British Council IELTS Band 6.0: [with a minimum individual component score of 5.5].
  • Cambridge ESOL have a range of B2 courses
  • City and Guilds International IESOL Diploma
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
  • Trinity College London have a range of B2 courses

Further information for international students is available here.

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