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Prices and dates for Summer & Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020:

 

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University Validation

Subject To University Approval

The programme is aimed at student musicians who are:

  • In their penultimate year of Bachelor’s study, typically US Junior year or UK 2nd year, looking for a study-abroad experience, most likely to be accepted as credit by their home university or college;
  • Looking for a study-abroad experience before starting university or college in their home country, for example US students looking to gain experience whilst on a “wait list”, again with possibility of this being accepted as credit towards future studies;
  • Planning to study or looking to study music as a major or minor and with a strong focus on contemporary music;
  • Looking to study abroad in relation to elective courses or the core liberal arts curriculum.

 

LCCM IS A PARTNER INSTITUTION OF:

     

Why study music in London?

As London is one biggest music hubs in the world, there are so many places for music enthusiasts to visit during their free time. The capital has so much to offer, especially in the summer, from the amazing nightlife, river cruises, live gigs and theatre performances to various summer festivals such as Wireless, All Points East, Love Box and Field Day.

Other activities that are not to be missed include events at the Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. With all these activities happening throughout the year, you will certainly struggle to get bored in this vibrant city.

Accompanying Programme

With this opportunity we also offer an Accompanying Programme of trips, gigs and festivals, appropriate to the Study Abroad Programme. It will be led by the Visiting Student Director, supported by two Visiting Student Advisors drawn from the LCCM student body. The programme will be available at an additional cost. More information about trips and activities will be provided prior to the start of a Study Block.

While the 2019 programme is not yet agreed, examples might include:

  • jam nights across London (Ronnie Scott’s, Troy Bar) 
  • Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
  • events at the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre
  • London Summer Festivals (Wireless, All Points East, SW4, BST, Lovebox, Fieldday)
  • Buckingham Palace, change of the guard
  • West End/Fringe musical theatre
  • Student gigs across London venues. 
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Abbey Road Studios

How to Apply?

Academic and international education leadership looking for student abroad opportunities for their students or waiting freshmen, please contact viceprincipal@lccm.org.uk Enquiries from individual students looking to study abroad - contact@lccm.org.uk

LCCM is a professional music school. In order to benefit from the programme, students must either hold university entrance level music qualifications or be proficient players by ear. Admission is by application form, followed by interview/audition online or in person.

COURSE STRUCTURE


THE COURSES ("MODULES")

Option 1

*Subject to Open University Approval

Note that “Module” is common UK terminology for what is known as a “Course” in N America.

Most suitable for US Junior year study abroad, for example. Each course leads to 20 UK Open University credits* at level 5 and is designed to be equivalent to 5 US credits with 75 hours instruction and a further 150 hrs independent study. Students may take 1 course in a 5-week block, chosen from the following:

  • Principal Instrument 2 (Level 5)
  • Songwriting 2(Level 5)
  • Studio Alchemy 2 (Level 5)
  • Advanced Music Programming 2 (Level 5)
  • Professional Performance 2 (Level 5)

Option 2

Most suitable for students at an earlier stage of or preparing for University or College study. Each course leads to 15 UK Open University credits* at level 4 and is designed to be equivalent to 3 US credits from 45 hours instruction and a further 90 hours independent study. Students will normally take 1 course in a 5-week block, chosen from the following:

  • Principal Instrument 1 (Level 4)
  • Songwriting 1 (Level 4)
  • Studio Recording 1 (Level 4)
  • Music Programming 1 (Level 4)
  • Professional Performance 1 (Level 4)    

 

PRINCIPAL INSTRUMENT 2 (LEVEL 5)

Subject to Open University Approval

This module is the second level of a three-year structured approach to the development of advanced instrumental skills relevant for the performance of
contemporary popular music. Building on the skills developed at Level 4, the modules aim to extend students’ technical and artistic ability on one of the following instruments: voice, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass, drums.

At the end of course, learners will be expected to:

  • understand the technical and artistic possibilities of the instrument in contemporary popular music contexts;
  • memorise elements, structures, patterns and systems;
  • develop and apply a wide range of well-established instrument specific techniques to a well developed level;
  • read and sight-read notation;
  • employ appropriate musical vocabulary relevant to contemporary popular music;
  • transcribe music accurately;
  • establish an effective daily practice routine and manage one’s own instrumental development.
SONGWRITING 2 (LEVEL 5)

Subject to Open University Approval

This module is designed to challenge students’ ability to write songs using themes, ideas and concepts that are less familiar to them. The modules deliberately remove students from the confines of commercial rock and pop music to exercise and encourage broader creativity and individuality.

The module aims to develop students’ critical understanding of more sophisticated concepts in music, literature and the broader notion of art, empathy
and the aesthetic. Students will be required to develop a proactive approach to writing in order to meet appropriate standards, commercial deadlines and the
demands of the profession.

At the end of the course, learners will be expected to:

  • interpret themes and ideas from external stimuli to create original works;
  • portray universal human themes in appropriate contemporary musical language;
  • apply a range of stylistic approaches to the harmonisation and reharmonisation of melody;
  • critically evaluate and analyse works of art from unfamiliar nonmusical sources;
  • synthesize key creative ideas and concepts that exist within a specific artistic framework;
  • apply skills in the roles of both lyricist and composer;
  • create songs based on narratives derived from external stimuli demonstrating various genres and arranging techniques;
  • demonstrate a regular writing practice culture;
  • research unfamiliar sources for inspiration;
  • deliver work to tight deadlines.

 

STUDIO ALCHEMY 2 (LEVEL 5)

Subject to Open University Approval

This module consolidates the technical knowledge gained in Studio Recording 1 and develop students’ critical understanding of more sophisticated concepts in music production. Well established principles and approaches are analysed and evaluated in order for students to make reasoned decisions about the recording and production approaches they employ.

This module aims to extend students’ skills and knowledge through application and begin to introduce students to the concept of the studio as a creative tool. Students will be required to develop personal initiative and a proactive approach to production in order to meet appropriate standards, commercial deadlines and
professional demands.

At the end of the course, learners will be expected to:

  • employ well-established stylistic conventions to original productions through critical evaluation;
  • audio source enhancement on playback through critical analysis;
  • critically evaluate the studio as a creative rather than technical environment through production;
  • create finished musical productions to quality sonic standards;
  • apply well-established production techniques;
  • effective use of a relevant production diary;
  • demonstrate personal responsibility through leadership in the complex session environment;
  • solve problems through critical evaluation;
  • visualise projects from demo to finished production;
  • Solve problems through critical evaluation;
  • Visualise projects from demo to finished production.
ADVANCED MUSIC PROGRAMMING 2 (LEVEL 5)

Subject to Open University Approval

Building on the knowledge and skills gained in Music Programming 1, this module deepens students’ understanding of the subject through the
study and evaluation of well-established programming approaches and techniques.

This module prepares students for further study in production and media composition-based modules. However, the effective use of music production software
is a vital skill for all music professionals. Based around Logic Pro, the modules provide students with a range of wellestablished approaches and techniques
to support the creation and enhancement of musical works using music production software.

At the end of the course, learners will be expected to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of modern generic synthesis and sampling technology;
  • manipulate MIDI and audio using advanced techniques;
  • use dynamics, effects and sound manipulation to an advanced level;
  • critically evaluate theories, tools and approaches to make reasoned decisions about their use;
  • produce finished high quality works using well established programming and production techniques;
  • use multi-format analogue / digital sources in Logic X to create finished works;
  • deliver high quality, original musical works in appropriately Mixed and final mastered formats;
  • visualise a final product outcome at the planning stage and deliver to this vision;
  • demonstrate personal responsibility appropriate for employment as a freelance musician.
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE 2 (LEVEL 5)

Subject to Open University Approval

This module builds on the performance experience and repertoire knowledge gained at level 4 and challenge students to demonstrate a deeper understanding
of style, genre and arrangement in contemporary popular music. Research and background listening become essential to help students develop critical listening skills and the ability to hear fine details and nuances in contemporary popular music.

The module aims to challenge students technically and artistically through the research, interpretation and performance of music with a specific emphasis on style, arrangement and genre. The modules will prepare students for further study in performance and production related modules. The modules will also
further students’ understanding and ability to perform to near professional standards.

At the end of the modules, learners will be expected to:

  • apply well-defined artistic considerations to performance;
  • display detailed understanding of repertoire through background research and listening;
  • critically evaluate different material and approaches to its arrangement to devise stylistically cohesive sets;
  • perform material with sophisticated arrangements accurately from memory;
  • rehearse material with intricate arrangements effectively;
  • transcribe detailed music accurately by ear;
  • perform sets to a near professional technical level;
  • demonstrate confidence and coherence through stagecraft;
  • collaborate to deliver group objectives;
  • contribute and communicate sophisticated ideas;
  • respond to and assimilate ideas from others.

 

PRINCIPAL INSTRUMENT 1 (LEVEL 4)

Subject to Open University Approval

This module is the first level of a three-year structured approach to the development of advanced instrumental skills relevant for the professional performance of contemporary popular music.

This module aims to further students’ technical and artistic ability on one of the following principal instruments: voice, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar,
piano, bass, and drums.

At the end of the module, learners will be expected to:

  • understand the basic technical and artistic possibilities of the instrument in contemporary popular music contexts;
  • memorise underlying elements, structures, patterns and systems;
  • develop and apply a wide range of underlying instrument-specific techniques to a basic level;
  • read and sight read notation;
  • employ basic musical vocabulary relevant to contemporary popular music;
  • establish an effective daily practice routine and manage one’s own instrumental development.
SONGWRITING 1 (LEVEL 4)

Subject to Open University Approval

The module is designed for each student to explore a range of approaches to songwriting and so begin to understand what works best for them as aspiring writers. Each assessment task requires students to describe the process of how their song developed over each writing period and reflect on what was learned at each stage.

The module encourages students to establish a daily writing practice culture and so prepare them for further This module aims to give students a broad knowledge of ‘the song’ in contemporary popular music. Through a study of key writers, writing partnerships and seminal works, the module will equip students with tools to compose original works and investigate key songs produced since the advent of the popular music industry.

At the end of the course, learners will be expected to:

  • understand underlying structures and forms in popular song;
  • combine melody with the appropriate underlying harmony;
  • write to a creative brief;
  • produce demos with basic musical arrangements;
  • interpret and synthesise elements from relevant works to create new songs;
  • apply basic skills in the roles of both lyricist and composer;
  • create basic song arrangements that demonstrate coherent melodic lines employing tension and release;
  • collaborate reliably to produce a finished song.
STUDIO RECORDING 1 (LEVEL 4)

Subject to Open University Approval

This module provides an introduction to studio recording and the nature of working in a studio environment.

This module will equip students with the skills necessary for audio capture in a studio environment and provide students with a basic understanding of underlying recording principles, concepts and approaches through observation, investigation and actual practice.

At the end of the course, learners will be expected to:

  • solve basic problems in signal path (digital and analogue);
  • evaluate tonality, timbre and dynamics across a range of key audio sources;
  • evaluate different approaches to microphone techniques;
  • record analogue and digital audio sources to appropriate sonic standards;
  • capture and replay audio in appropriate formats;
  • enhance audio sources on playback;
  • manage people and facilitate a basic recording session.

 

MUSIC PROGRAMMING 1 (LEVEL 4)

Subject to Open University Approval

The module introduces students to the underlying principles of software-based music production.

This module prepares students for further study in production and composition-based modules however the basic use of music production software is an essential tool for almost all career music professionals. Based around Logic Pro, this module provides students with a range of approaches to the creation of musical works using music production software.

At the end of the course, learners will be expected to:

  • use multi-format analogue / digital sources to create coherent musical works;
  • deliver original and interpretive musical works in standard digital formats;
  • apply basic approaches to the mix down, storage and retrieval of files;
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of multi-channel programming and arrangement;
  • access plug-ins and software instruments reliably;
  • solve common problems arising from the manipulation of MIDI and audio;
  • present finished productions in the appropriate formats.

 

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE 1 (LEVEL 4)

Subject to Open University Approval

This module introduces students to the realities of performing to public audiences at a range of London music venues. The module is designed to give students as close to a professional environment as possible in order that the experience of practicing, rehearsing and performing music is learned in “real” contexts.

This module aims to help students develop reliable rehearsal and performance skills including the ability to perform music from memory. The module introduces students to a broad repertoire of contemporary “Rock and Pop” music and requires students to accurately reproduce an authentic version of the original recording.

At the end of the module, learners will be expected to:

  • devise sets for performance based on appropriate artistic considerations;
  • apply coherent artistic elements and language to performance;
  • understand relevant repertoire based on background research and listening;
  • perform repertoire accurately from memory;
  • employ basic rehearsal techniques effectively;
  • transcribe music accurately by ear;
  • perform sets to a basic technical level;
  • demonstrate reliable stagecraft.

 

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