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 currently validated by The Open University. Eligible students from the EU can fund their studies through the student loan scheme.
Vocal Degree Course at LCCM
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
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:
- 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
- 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
- Professional Performance – Voice year 1, 2, 3 weekly performance workshops, reading, repertoire leading to performances at venues across London
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Music Programming 1, 2 weekly classes covering the creation of musical works using Logic Pro
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Music Teaching 3 Weekly classes and field work to explore a range of teaching environments, including writing and delivering lessons, assessments and feedback
- Audio Visual Synchronisation 3 weekly classes exploring the art and technique of writing to picture
- 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
- Recording Act 3 designed for a band who want to write, perform and record together commercially
- 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
- 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