Supportive Studies

Supportive Studies


Central to each student’s creative development on the BMus and MMus programmes are LPMAM’s Academic Studies. We offer a full and varied range of appropriate courses within the disciplines of Historical Musicology, Analysis, Performance Practice and Composition, as well as Aural Training, Keyboard Skills, Music Technology, and Conducting (Supporting Studies).
The key focus of these studies is to develop and hone students’ critical faculties both as performers and/or composers.
This is delivered by ensuring that Years 1 and 2 of the BMus comprise a common core whereas in Years 3 and 4, students are able to select their own specialisms from the vast choice of electives. We aim to offer flexibility to students to enable each individual student to develop their own musical development and career path and nurture personal interests.

Supportive Studies Courses

Keyboard Skills (1st Year BMus)
The one-year curriculum covers score-reading, harmonisation, improvisation and accompaniment for piano students only.

Vocal Balance Technique (any year BMus and MMus)
Founded in the USA, the Vocal Speech Level Singing (SLS) is extremely effective as a rehabilitation method for vocal damage caused by poor teaching, years of abuse or medical intervention that in other cases could compromise or even end a career, the Speech Level Singing trains the proper vocal cord muscles and relaxes the outer, unnecessary swallowing muscles so the vocal cords can be allowed to make their proper adjustments in balance with the air.

Secondary Piano Course (1st Year BMus onward)
This curriculum is teaching the basis of piano playing and accompanying for up to the level of Grade 4 Piano for all non-keyboard students.

Theory Grade 6 to 8 (1st Year BMus)

Aural Training (1st and 2nd Year BMus)
This is mandatory during the first two years of the BMus. Training focuses on pitch, rhythm, texture, timbre, analytical and stylistic awareness.

Instrument Technology (1Year BMus)
A seminary specific about the history and technical making of each instrument. Unique cores of the LPMAM , it will be compulsory for the related instrument students, but also open to any other student interested in enriching their instruments knowledge.
It will be made by inviting instrument makers, instrument technicians and instrument sellers to show the differences and qualities of each instrument detail.

Techniques and Analysis (1st and 2nd Year BMus)
This two-year, seminar-based course aims to develop understanding and appreciation of music at a technical level. Pastiche composition aims to provide facility in manipulating musical materials and ideas. Analysis of musical processes cultivates an ability to make informed performance decisions. Electives in T&A are available in Year 3.

History of Western Music (1st and 2nd Year BMus)
This two-year course focuses on the musicological, social and political context of composers within the western art tradition. It will be extended to history of Jazz, World and contemporary Pop music, to research and discover the influence and exchanges between “Classical Music” and popular music today.

Music and Identity (1Year BMus Jazz, optional to all other students)
This course examines the origins of commercial music in terms of (sub) culture, gender and politics.

Foreign Language at choice (optional)
A performance-focused career which involve concert tours around the globe, encountering professionals in many different languages and cultures. LPMAM therefore consider it a fundamental part of a student’s development to learn at least one additional language to English, and their native language.

Chamber Music and Orchestral Ensemble
This is essential to the Core Programme where the student learns via a traditional method of preparing small or large groups of performers for concert performances. All students participate in chamber music work as part of the Programme. Smaller ensemble work is mostly student-led with periodic support and coaching by LPMAM staff.

For composers this mode of study is designed to enhance and develop:
• Productive working relationships, essential to advanced musical creation
• An ability to work independently and autonomously
• The environment where creative ideas can be realised in live performance with accuracy and efficiency
• An in-depth knowledge of instruments/voices

Performance classes (3rd+4th Year BMus and MMus)
In order to link One-to-One tuition, Masterclasses and Concert Performances, LPMAM offer Performance classes in the later years of the Programme. These classes allow students to present work-in-progress and receive vital informal feedback from departmental staff and from their peers to perfect their performances. In this way, students gain invaluable understanding of all technical and interpretative issues, as well as developing their own self-evaluative skills in order to hone their own creative processes and performances, in addition to those of others.

Interdisciplinary Performance Classes (3rd Year BMus)
Unique to the LPMAM , this course is focused on the comparison of performance techniques and interpretative issues in correlation to each different instrument technicalities.
Every week all the BMus Year 3 will be assisting at a Taught 2 hours lesson for 1 or 2 Postgraduate students of a different instrument every week.
This will enable all students to discover different phrasing and respiration necessary not only for chamber music, but for new way of expressing their specific solo repertoire.

Introduction to Conducting (4th Year BMus and MMus facultative)
All students are taught the basic elements of baton technique, from beating patterns to influencing sonority.

Industry related courses

Music Law (3rd Year BMus and MMus)
Invaluable to a successful music career, LPMAM offers this unique course as an introduction to International Music Law, with special focus on the classical performer. Students receive an academic knowledge of: international employment law; orchestral employment contracts; concert agency contracts; recording contracts; broadcasting; and copyright royalties.

Music Business (3rd Year BMus and MMus)
Additionally, LPMAM offers tuition on a range of issues affecting musicians, including but not limited to career planning and accounting and examining the roles of music business organisations. The aim is to equip students with the knowledge needed to pursue a successful career in the present day music business. The Music Business strand aims to support the performance modules by promoting and instilling career-enhancing relevant skills at all Levels of the degree, through one core module per level ultimately nurturing a student’s employability in the modern music market.
• First year students explore the mechanics of music entrepreneurship, career planning, taxation, self-promotion (publicity and artist website developing), agency and representation, getting and administering session work, tour and artist management
• Second year students focus on researching the relationship between the musician and the current industry concerns and business innovation. Additional Business modules can also be studied

Music Publishing
A more in depth course about publishing deals and copyright assignment, mechanical royalties, performance royalties, synch fees, master-use fees, print royalties, new electronic transmissions, and foreign sub-publishing monies, music libraries and synchronisation.

Sound Engineering applied to performers (4th Year BMus and MMus)
Students are introduced to recording techniques and studio technology enabling a working understanding of all elements of the performance in a recording studio, as opposed to the performance on stage.

Concert Presentation (1st Year MMus)
This course delivers a high professional level recital programme. In group weekly sessions, students work together to design, organise and deliver a recital programme. This will include: stage presentation; notes to the programme; performance; and constructive criticism of each other’s projects.

History of Concert Performance (2nd Year MMus)
This course component offers the student an ability to explore performance techniques and interpretative issues through the analysis of historical recordings and by comparing recording to one another. Additionally students will enrich their learning by analysing the historical development of instruments, the audience and the concert halls; together with an introduction to the theory and philosophy of historical performance. This enables students to evaluate repertoire and performance in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Stage Speech (4th Year BMus) and/or Yoga for Musician, Alexander Technique
Stage presentation, relaxation and concentration performance skills at choice.
Focusing on the long-term development of student’s as performance professionals, the LPMAM Yoga, Alexander Technique and Stage classes aim to focus on the whole body of a Musical Performer. LPMAM see this as unique and essential to the well-rounded and sustainable progression of all students. Through these classes we aim to improve posture and prevent repetitive strain injury.

Relaxation Technique
This innovative course offers a unique scientific approach towards understanding the musical brain. It will allow students to identify performance anxiety that often leads to physical tension/tendinitis/, mental stress and panic attacks. Though scientifically designed relaxation technique and analysis, students will be able to reduce performance stress and enhance mental health and well-being.

Music Journalism
Music Journalism is a specialised area of professional development giving students a unique addition to their skill set for their future careers. Basic journalistic skills are covered incorporating news-writing, interviewing skills and shorthand technique. Within this, students will gain an overview of opinion pieces, editorials and comments, focusing on how to express your opinion in a critically constructive way. Within this course, students will undertake comparisons between reviews for different audiences. Student’s will develop and improve their research skills and journalistic creative flair through Concert, CD, DVD and Book reviews with the aim to produce entertaining, challenging and informative copy.

Principles of Music Education
Students with the opportunity to learn educational techniques utilised in a range of teaching and education scenarios. Students will develop the skills to both design and deliver learning programmes as well as developing the vital educational skills of delivering feedback and providing learner-support. Additionally, students will learn the vital skill of educational record keeping to a professional standard.
This is an introductory module that can lead on to the optional LPMAM Teaching Diploma.

LPMAM Teaching Diploma
The LPMAM Teaching Diploma provides a comprehensive introduction through a practical approach to the principles of teaching. This will be also core part of our unique outreach programme.

Kodaly Technique
Students involved in our outreach programme will be able to complete their teaching skills with learning and delivering the Kodaly Technique.

Class Electives
All students from the 3rd year BMus onwards, are offered electives whereby students can explore, investigate and learn from a specific repertoire, for example Verdi Opera or Beethoven. Additionally electives are offered to enhance development in specific technical areas, for example Historical Performance or Specialist Keyboard skills. All Elective classes of this nature run as seminar groups where students are encouraged to discuss and develop emerging critical ideas as well as demonstrate self-motivation in individual project work.

Music Sociology
Through seminar-style classes, students are given the opportunity to engage in lively debate on a vast range of subject areas. The aim is to encourage understanding, questioning and a development of a student’s creative and critical thinking by focusing on the aesthetic, social, political and ethical issues facing a contemporary performing artist.

Music Technology
The unique LPMAM Technology Department is designed to enhance musical creativity with a creative technology. It will develop new audio/video/music software, new machines and robots for class, stage and virtual performances.

Artist Development
This exclusive Artist Development course is an intensive programme specifically designed to help our advanced students in starting their career. It will include tailored artist development and management tools, marketing, social media and brand strategy.

Opera Management
This unique course is devised to help students understand the various aspects of opera management, including the history Opera and Theatres, different structures of opera companies and opera festivals, season planning, budget, casting, touring and outreach.