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LCCM Vocal Degree Course – Bachelor of Music (BMus)

Summary

Whether you are into rock and pop, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz or blues, LCCM’s unique three-year guitar degree course will help you become a world-class vocalist, producer, musical director or even songwriter.

Why study a BMus in Music Performance & Production (Vocal) at LCCM

If you love music and would like to earn a living as a musician, musical talent and live gigs will only get you so far. In today’s increasingly competitive and ever-changing music industry you need a fresh approach, professional support and real commitment.

LCCM is the only independent higher education college offering industry-led degrees covering a wide range of popular instruments and musical genres – including rock and pop, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz and blues, electronic, latin and world music. And with the unique opportunity to design your own course, combining a number of core and optional modules, our BMus in Music Performance & Production (Vocal) is unlike any other music degree in the UK.

Primarily focused on instrumental practice and performance, our vocal course will strengthen your existing technique and broader musical knowledge, whilst developing crucial collaborative and communication skills to help you sustain a long and rewarding life in music, whichever direction your career may take you.

So whether you want to be an in-demand session musician or a singer in a world famous rock band; if you want to be producer, musical director or composer for film and TV, LCCM will help you master your musical ambitions. Click here to read our BMus in Music Performance and Production FAQ

Course overview

LCCM’s BMus in Music Performance & Production (Vocal) is the only music degree in the UK that is designed by you. Starting with a number of core modules, you then select additional subjects to suit your own musical interests.

For instance, you may choose to focus on performance with 1:1 vocal lessons, or combine vocals with a wider range of other subjects including production, music programming and a second instrument.

Course format

Centred on improving your technique and performance skills, as an LCCM vocal degree student, you will enjoy:

  • Performance workshops
  • Instrumental classes
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1:1 tutorials

Core modules

All LCCM degree courses are built on a foundation of essential knowledge and principles. For guitar students, these include:

  • Harmony and theory (years 1, 2 and 3): lectures in the theoretical principles of popular music (including ear training in years 1 and 2 and arrangers’ piano in year 1), leading to advanced practical arranging for Jazz and World Music;
  • Composition, arranging and analysis (year 1): lectures cover arranging for rhythm section, horns and composition principles in popular music;
  • Music in context (year 1): seminars explore 4 key periods in contemporary popular music;
  • Career planning (year 2): seminars help you understand how to generate income from your music and musicianship.

Optional modules

Additional modules allow LCCM students to tailor their course to suit their individual needs.

Module choices available in year 1 are based on the result of your initial interview. These choices will then determine those available to you in years 2 and 3. Finally, modules chosen in years 2 and 3 will depend on your academic achievement in relevant preceding modules (and availability).

The full range of optional modules over LCCM’s three year guitar degree course are:

  • Principal Instrument (vocal)
  • Theory in Practice (vocal)
  • Professional Performance (vocal)
  • Jazz Performance (vocal)
  • Second Instrument (bass, guitar, voice, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone)
  • Music Programming
  • Studio recording
  • Songwriting
  • Composition, arranging and analysis
  • Studio Alchemy
  • Recording Act (Band Project)
  • Audio Visual Synchronisation
  • Musical Directing and Arranging
  • Music Teaching
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Independent Project

All students take four optional modules in year 1, four optional modules in year 2 and two optional modules in year 3.

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Click here for more information on the precise module combinations available (PDF)

Example module combinations

  • Performer / Session Musician: Principal Instrument + Professional Performance + Theory in Practice + Music Programming
  • Multi-instrumentalist: Principal Instrument + 2nd Study Instrument + Theory in Practice + Professional Performance
  • Jazz Musician: Principal Instrument + Jazz Performance + Theory in Practice + Music Programming
  • Producer: Studio Recording + Music Programming + Professional Performance + 2nd Study Instrument
  • Composer, Arranger, Musical Director: Principal Instrument + Theory in Practice + 2nd Study Instrument + Professional Performance
  • Singer / Songwriter: Songwriting + Music Programming + 2nd Study Instrument + Professional Performance
  • Band / Band Members: Songwriting + Studio Recording + 2nd Study Instrument + Professional Performance

Other module combinations may be available based on the result of your interview and can be discussed with an Admissions Advisor. (NB: There are limited places on the Studio Recording 1 module and priority will be given to Producers for AY16/17.)

Extra curricular opportunities

In addition to the programme modules above, as an LCCM vocal degree student you will also enjoy a number of additional opportunities to practice and perform with students on other courses, including:

  • Drum and bass workshops
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Large Ensemble (Latin, Big Band, Commercial music)
  • Sibelius (year 1)
  • Drum line
  • Choir

NB: Some extracurricular workshops may require an audition.

Who is this course for?

The LCCM BMus in Music Performance & Production (Vocal) is a aimed at capable singers who want to carve out a career as a session musician, band member, producer, musical director or composer for film and TV.

You will enjoy and want to deepen your understanding and improve your performance abilities across a wide range of musical styles, whilst developing wider professional skills that will help you succeed as a musician in today’s music industry.

The LCCM vocal degree course will help you achieve all this whilst growing in confidence, thanks to the many and varied opportunities you will have to collaborate and perform live with other music students. You will also be keen to explore and create new music.

How will this course help my future career?

Thanks to our world-class tutors and unique modular course design, as a vocal degree student at LCCM you will quickly pick up tips and techniques that will help you be a better vocalist. At the same time you will grow in confidence as an artist and professional musician, cultivating broader skills and attributes that will give you more to offer the music industry on graduation.

Example careers

LCCM vocal degree students develop a broad skillset around their principal instrument, meaning they can look forward to a range of creative career choices on graduation, including:

  • Musician, artist, band member, producer
  • Composer, arranger, musical director
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Education and teaching
  • Postgraduate study

Who will teach me?

When you choose to study vocal at LCCM, you enter the music industry on your first day.

LCCM tutors include some of the finest musicians in the country, having worked with legends from Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder to Gorillaz, Peter Gabriel and Paul Weller. They have also taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

On the LCCM BMus in Music Performance & Production (Vocal), students enjoy group and 1:1 support, insight and guidance from a dedicated team of active music industry professionals including:

  • Liz Tillotson – LCCM Head of vocals
  • Trudy Kerr
  • Daniela Clynes

As an LCCM vocal student, you will also have the opportunity to perform in established London venues right from your very first term.

Course modules (summary)

  1. Principal Instrument – vocal (years 1, 2, 3): weekly instrumental classes plus one to one lessons covering snare guitar rudiments, independence, applied technique, reading, transcription, vocabulary and stylistic playing leading to a final year Recital
  2. Theory in Practice – vocals (years 1, 2): weekly small workshops to apply concepts covered in the guitar lessons in an ensemble (band) context developing into more advanced theoretical application in year 2
  3. Professional Performance – vocal (years 1, 2, 3): weekly performance workshops in rock & pop, soul, funk, R&B and blues, repertoire leading to performances at venues across London
  4. Jazz Performance – vocal (years 1, 2, 3): weekly performance workshops, repertoire, improvisation and performances at venues across London covering an increasingly advanced repertoire as the module progresses into years 2 and 3
  5. Composition, Arranging and Analysis (years 1, 2, 3): arranging for a range of styles for rhythm section, horns and strings across the 3 years as a way to explore fundamental composition principles in popular music
  6. Second Study Instrument (years 1, 2): weekly classes for students who have previously studied one of the following to a reasonable standard: bass, guitar, voice, saxophone, trumpet and trombone; (year 2): Students can continue their chosen instrument from year 1 (as above) or switch to 2nd Study piano based on the grades achieved in their year 1 Arranger’s Piano exam. Students would not normally switch to an instrument they have not covered in the first year.
  7. Music Programming (years 1, 2): weekly classes covering the creation of musical works using Logic Pro
  8. Studio Recording 1 (Studio Alchemy) (years 2, 3): weekly sessions covering essential recording and production techniques leading to the development of a personal portfolio of work
  9. Songwriting (years 1, 2, 3): weekly classes exploring a range of approaches to writing contemporary popular music leading to the development of a personal portfolio of work
  10. Musical Directing & Arranging (year 3): weekly sessions covering arranging and conducting for a variety of ensemble types including choir, Big Band and pop and rock bands, culminating in a full arrangement for orchestra
  11. Music Teaching (year 3): Weekly classes and fieldwork to explore a range of teaching environments, including writing and delivering lessons, assessments and feedback
  12. Audio Visual Synchronisation (year 3): weekly classes exploring the art and technique of writing to picture
  13. Creative Industries Entrepreneurship (year 3): bi-weekly sessions and tutorials to coach a group project through writing and pitching a business idea within the music related creative industries; this module is an excellent precursor to LCCM’s MA in Creative Entrepreneurship
  14. Recording Act (year 3): designed for a band who want to write, perform and record together commercially
  15. Independent Project (year 3): tutorials with a mentor to develop a creative project over the course of the year that isn’t otherwise achievable within the structure of the course, for example an analytical transcription series of rare recordings

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