BMus: an introduction

The LPMAM is proud to offer all courses in partnership with a leading UK University. Links with the University enable students from both institutions to benefit from a range of activities and facilities leading to a broad education. Academy graduates are awarded with University Degrees.

There are three BMus pathways: Performance, Composition and Jazz.

Programme Specifications

HE Level 4

Units of Study: Performance Units of Study: Composition Credits
Principal Study: Solo Performance 1 Principal Study: Portfolio 1 45
Principal Study: Faculty Activity 1 25
Supporting Studies 1 20
Topics in Western Musical History 15
Techniques & Analysis 1 Techniques & Analysis for Composers 15
Progression:Entry to HE Level 5 is conditional upon the successful completion of (or exemption from) all modules listed at HE Level 4.
 

HE Level 5

Units of Study: Performance Units of Study: Composition Credits
Principal Study: Solo Performance 2 Principal Study: Portfolio 2 45
Principal Study: Faculty Activity 2 25
Supporting Studies 2 20
Techniques & Analysis 2 Techniques of Composition 15
Introduction to Performance Traditions Repertoire 15
 
 Progression:Entry to HE Level 6 (B3) is conditional upon the successful completion of (or exemption from) all modules listed at HE Level 5.
 

HE Level 6 (B3)

Units of Study: Performance Units of Study: Composition Credits
Principal Study: Solo Performance 3 Principal Study: Portfolio 3 45
Principal Study: Faculty Activity 3 25
Electives Orchestration 20
Electives Technology 3 10
Electives 20
   
Progression:Entry to HE Level 6 (B4) is conditional upon the successful completion of (or exemption from) all modules listed at Level 6 (B3).

 

HE Level 6 (B4)

Units of Study: Performance Units of Study: Composition Credits
Principal Study: Solo Performance 4 Principal Study: Portfolio 4 60
Principal Study: Faculty Activity 4 25
Principal Study: Professional Portfolio Electives Principal Study: Professional Development Portfolio 15
Electives 20
Total Credits: 480

Principal Study (70/120 credits per year)

The central focus of a student’s musical advancement is their Principal Study. This is taught to an exceptionally high professional level through both individual and group sessions. Paramount to Principal Study for all three pathways is experience gained in public concerts.

In Principal Study, tuition for each student is provided through one hour of one-to-one per week. Additionally, students may take an advised Second Study (e.g. piano for a clarinetist). Also, students may choose a Related Study (e.g. piccolo for a flautist). All students are assessed by annual examination in the early summer.

LPMAM believe that regular one-to-one tuition provided by a renowned practitioner is vital to the core aims of the programme of study. Through this method, we embody and develop the ‘master/apprentice’ culture that is central to the advanced and highly respected specialist training at conservatoires around the world. Through One-to-One tuition, students are enabled to progress within the full spectrum of professional disciplines from technique to repertoire development, and interpretation skills to audition techniques. Through One-to-One tuition LPMAM also enable students to build their portfolio and learn to achieve a high standard in all professional disciplines ensuring a wide skill base. Using One-to-One tuition as the principal means of study, students receive the very best opportunities to become reflective and critical learners and performers, developing the best attitude for their future in a performance based career.

 

Academic and Supporting Studies (50/120 credits per year) *

Beyond the student’s chosen Principal Study component, Academic and Supporting Studies are viewed as crucial to the all-round development of the scholar. Involving a range of complementary study subjects, Supporting Studies focus on the development of high-level practical musicianship, for example including Conducting and Technology. Students may choose to take Supporting Studies subjects at a higher level in the later stages of the programme.

Academic Studies provide the framework for the technical, historical, contextual and analytical knowledge that is an essential part of every musician’s development. In the later stages of the programme, students are able to make choices from a wide range of electives.

The Tutor System

LPMAM use a Tutor System across the Programme of Study in order to provide an informative and supportive forum for discussing performance and academic options available to students. Additionally, the Tutor System offers advice on a range of student concerns including timetabling, progress and achievement as well as any other aspects of the Programme. The LPMAM Tutors take responsibility for both academic and pastoral welfare ensuring that all students are able to achieve their very best. Tutors are also responsible for monitoring the progress of their students and providing guidance of an individual student’s progression and achievement.

Importantly, for students from overseas, The Head of International Affairs can advise on specific problems, including the unique problems that may arise from cultural differences.

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BMus Supporting Studies

Supporting Studies are offered through four core modules that develop key areas of musicianship as well as introducing other important skills during the BMus course. Students may elect to study these subjects further at a later stage.

  • Masterclasses (for all students of any BMus MMus year)
  • Academic Studies
  • Keyboard Skills (1st Year BMus)
  • Vocal Skills (any Year BMus)
  • Vocal Balance Technique (1 year compulsory Vocal Students, any time during BMus and MMus)
  • Secondary Piano Course (1st Year BMus onward)
  • Theory Grade 6 to 8 (1st Year BMus)
  • Aural Training (1st and 2nd Year BMus)
  • Instrument Technology (1Year BMus, 1 term, compulsory for each related instrument)
  • Techniques and Analysis (1st and 2nd Year BMus)
  • History of Western Music (1st and 2nd Year BMus)
  • Music and Identity (Jazz Course, facultative to all other students)
  • Foreign Language at choice (facultative)
  • Chamber Music and Orchestral Ensemble (compulsory 1st and 2nd Year BMus, then facultative)
  • Performance classes (3rd+4th Year BMus and MMus)
  • Interdisciplinary Performance Classes (3rd Year BMus)
  • Music Law (3rd Year BMus and MMus facultative)
  • Music Business (3rd Year BMus and MMus facultative)
  • Introduction to Conducting (4th Year BMus and MMus facultative)
  • Sound Engineering applied to performers (4th Year BMus and MMus)
  • Stage Speech (4th Year BMus) and/or Yoga for Musician, Alexander Technique or Pilates
  • Music Journalism (facultative)
  • Principles of Music Education (facultative)
  • LPMAM Teaching Diploma (facultative)
  • Class Electives
  • Music Sociology (facultative)
  • Music Technology (facultative)