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LCCM Vocal Degree Course – BMus (Hons) Music Performance and Production

The LCCM Vocal Degree Course commences on Wednesday 28th September 2016. It can be studied full-time for 3 years or part-time for 6 years.

About the Vocal Course at LCCM

The Vocal Course at LCCM is unlike any other music degree. Aimed at capable musicians, the course enables you to choose modules from a broad list to suit your particular interests. You can choose to focus on performance with voice as your principal instrument and have one to one lessons or combine voice with a wide range of other subjects including songwriting, production and second instrument.

As our alumni suggests, the Vocal degree course at LCCM will help you become the complete modern musician. As a Vocal student you will learn a repertoire of classic music covering Blues, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock / Pop, Reggae and Latin. You will also explore and create new music.

The Vocal degree course at LCCM leads to a BMus (Hons) degree in Music Performance and Production and is subject to validation by The Open University. Eligible students from the EU can fund their studies through the student loan scheme.

Vocal Degree Course at LCCM

Compulsory Modules

Harmony and Theory: years 1, 2 and 3

  • lectures in the theoretical principles of contemporary popular music leading to advanced practical arranging approaches for Jazz and World Music
  • ear training classes
  • arrangers’ piano classes (year 1 only)

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 support you to understand how to generate income from your music and musicianship

Optional Module Choices

You can further influence the design of your course by choosing from the list of optional modules. The module choices available to you will be based on the result of your audition.

Module choices made in year 1 will determine those available to you in years 2 and 3.

Year 2 and 3 module choices will also depend on your academic achievement in relevant preceding modules and availability. Further information on precise module combinations is available in the Programme Specification.

All students must take:

  • 4 optional modules in Year 1
  • 4 optional modules in Year 2
  • 2 optional modules in Year 3

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Example Module Combinations

Instrumentalist Performer – Principal Instrument + Professional Performance + Theory in Practice (Voice) + Music Programming

Multi-instrumentalist – Principal Instrument + 2nd Study Instrument + Theory in Practice (Voice) + Professional Performance

Producer – Studio Recording + Music Programming + Professional Performance + 2nd Study Instrument

Composer, Arranger, Musical Director – Principal Instrument + Theory in Practice (Voice) + 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 audition 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.)

 Summary Description of Modules:

  1. Principal Instrument – Voice year 1, 2, 3 weekly instrumental classes plus one to one lessons covering improvisation, reading, transcription, vocabulary, technique, and stylistic singing leading to a final year Recital
  2. Theory in Practice – Voice year 1, 2  weekly small workshops to apply concepts covered in the voice lessons developing into more advanced theoretical application in year 2
  3. Professional Performance – Voice year 1, 2, 3 weekly performance workshops, reading, repertoire leading to performances at venues across London
  4. Jazz Performance – Voice 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 – year 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 – year 1, 2 weekly classes for students who have previously studied one of the following to a reasonable standard: drums, guitar, bass, 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 1, 2 weekly classes covering the creation of musical works using Logic Pro
  8. Studio Recording 1 (Studio Alchemy 2, 3) weekly sessions covering essential recording and production techniques leading to the development of a personal portfolio of work
  9. Songwriting 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 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 3 Weekly classes and field work to explore a range of teaching environments, including writing and delivering lessons, assessments and feedback
  12. Audio Visual Synchronisation 3 weekly classes exploring the art and technique of writing to picture
  13. Creative Industries Entrepreneurship 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 pre-cursor to LCCM’s MA in Creative Innovation and Enterprise
  14. Recording Act 3 designed for a band who want to write, perform and record together commercially
  15. Independent Project 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

Essential Supporting Extracurricular Classes

Sibelius classes are provided during year 1 to teach you how to use Sibelius software to produce scores for a range of line-ups.

Weekly Extracurricular Workshops and Opportunities

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

NB: Some extracurricular workshops may require an audition.

Part-time Degree Students

The description above shows the programme structure for full-time students. In order to complete the course part-time, students will agree with their Admissions Advisor and Programme Leader which modules are to be completed each year. Please note that some restrictions on the use of LCCM facilities apply to part-time students.

LCCM Graduate Career Opportunities

Artist, musician, producer, lyricist

Composer, arranger, musical director, programmer, media composer

Creative industries graduate employee

Creative industries entrepreneur

Education and teaching

Graduate employee

Postgraduate study

How to Apply to LCCM

Please call and speak with an Admissions Advisor on +44(0)20 7378 7458 or e-mail contact@lccm.org.uk to apply to study at LCCM. We use our own Admissions Advisors 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

Our students range from those with straight As at A level to accomplished musicians without a formal music education. LCCM prides itself on our diverse student body and welcomes all applications from dedicated, capable people over the age of 18.

Practical Assessment

Entry on to the programme is through interview and audition. You must perform two pieces of your own choice* (preferably a capella) and demonstrate the sufficient level of live experience, musical knowledge and aptitude for deeper study. If you are looking for 2nd Study Instrument options or to combine your principal instrument with other available pathways, please be prepared to provide additional information / performances as appropriate. (*An Admissions Advisor can provide you with suggested performance pieces for your instrument, if requested.)

Applicants from outside the UK or those people who cannot easily visit the college can arrange a remote assessment using Skype. Please email for more information.

We also recommend all applicants read the LCCM Admissions Policy.

Qualifications required to study the Vocal Degree Course at LCCM

Applicants must meet one of the following entry criteria to be eligible for study at LCCM:

  • 2 A-level passes in any subject or international equivalent (can include ABRSM grade 7 or 8 pass)
  • Music foundation Course or equivalent
  • Mature applicants (21 and over) with prior musical experience and a demonstrable capacity for academic study

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).

Further information for international students is available.

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