BA Music with Enterprise (2017 entry)
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Taught by the School of Music and Leeds University Business School, this innovative programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of both music and entrepreneurship.
You’ll explore different aspects of music and specialise in areas that interest you, with a focus on composition, performance, music psychology, music technology, aesthetics or editing and source studies. At the same time, you’ll study modules in planning, managing innovation in business, development, creativity and social enterprise with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School.
You’ll learn how theory relates to practice and apply your skills to a final-year Enterprise Development Project, when you’ll have the chance to model a new enterprise which can be related to music. It’s a great opportunity to develop the broad base of skills to succeed in a wide range of exciting careers – or even create your own business after you graduate.
At the heart of the School of Music is the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, a beautiful performance space which hosts a large and varied programme of concerts in term time. The entire concert programme is free to students.
The School of Music has its own purpose-built building complete with rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and four lecture theatres. There are also studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition – we have a wide range of professional recording equipment and up-to-date music software to help you with your studies. In addition, our instrument collection includes a specially commissioned gamelan, historic and modern keyboard instruments and a large selection of orchestral and world percussion.
Music at Leeds
Leeds offers a fantastic variety of opportunities to get involved with music and performance that go far beyond the School of Music ensembles. You can also be involved in extra-curricular activities through the student union, or by creating your own ensembles or bands.
Leeds University Union Music Society (LUUMS) is one of the Union's largest societies and boasts eight ensembles, including orchestras, choruses, brass and wind bands; each one gives regular concerts and some go on tour. The campus hosts a diverse range of other musical societies, including Gospel Choir, Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, Opera Society, Music Theatre, Band Soc, Big Band, Electronic Music and DJ Societies. Find out more about Leeds University Union Clubs and Societies.
You could also get involved in cultural activities in the Leeds area, and perform in the city’s many venues such as clubs, pubs, churches, or the Town Hall.
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In your first year you’ll study core modules that introduce you to theoretical, historical and social aspects of music alongside music technology and the psychology of music. You’ll also choose from core modules on different aspects of business and social enterprise, and decide whether to pursue composition, solo or ensemble performance.
You’ll build on this knowledge in the following year, when core Music in Context modules feature the research interests of your tutors. You’ll have the opportunity to study music from a variety of different perspectives, ranging from traditional musical studies of performance, composition, critical/analytical and historical studies to popular music, aesthetics, music psychology and music technology. Business modules will explore enterprise planning, innovation and entrepreneurship.
In your final year you’ll demonstrate your knowledge and skills with an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice, which might straddle both disciplines. At the same time, you’ll study advanced entrepreneurship and develop a new enterprise idea in a final year project.
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Academics in the School of Music are leading practitioners and researchers, carrying out world-leading research which directly informs their teaching.
To help you benefit from their expertise, a variety of learning and teaching methods are used. Depending on the modules you choose, these are likely to include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as online learning tasks, solo and ensemble rehearsals, studio time for composition and technology, and lab work in music psychology.
Independent study is also vital to the degree, since it allows you to develop your analytical and research skills. Our experienced technicians and tutors are on hand to help if you need them, and you’ll have access to our expert instrumental and vocal teachers if you are studying performance.
You’ll have many opportunities to enrich your learning – for example, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Studies offers the chance to hear entrepreneurs discussing their own experiences through the Enterprise Speaker Series.
We also use different types of assessment, depending on the modules you choose. You will complete exams and essays, but you may also be assessed through performances, project work, composition portfolios, presentations, concert reviews and recordings.
A degree in Music with Enterprise will allow you to develop a wide range of subject knowledge and skills; you’ll also gain strong commercial awareness and transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.
You’ll be a good communicator who is able to collaborate and work well in a team, but you’ll also be confident working independently. You’ll also have the chance to develop analytical, research and organisational skills. Spending time developing a new enterprise will demonstrate that you have initiative and planning skills.
We run a series of careers events every year in collaboration with the University Careers Centre to help you explore your options.
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We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
You can access student enterprise societies, the Social Innovation Zone, Spark business advice and mentoring services, a Business Plan Competition and Enterprise Scholarships, all of which are offered to help students make the most of their talents and put enterprising ideas into practice. You’ll benefit from opportunities to work with students engaged in enterprising activities from different disciplines, while accessing support and information from a range of related student services.
Professional and alumni links are available to all our students with a particular focus on the music industries; this degree will equip you with innovative ways of applying your musical abilities to commercial environments.
During your second year you’ll be able to apply to transfer to our BA Music with Enterprise (International) programme. This allows you to extend your degree by a year and spend your third year studying at one of our many partner universities worldwide.
It’s a great opportunity to enhance your CV and gain a new perspective on your studies, as well as deepening your cultural awareness through more varied experience. In addition to being a highlight of your degree, it can give you real confidence in a competitive job market.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website
If you transfer to our BA Music with Enterprise (Industry) degree in your second year, you can extend your programme by a year to spend your third year working in the music industry. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and contacts – and some students go on to work for their placement companies after they graduate.
We have established internship opportunities with major music organisations such as Warner Music, English National Opera, and the Leeds International Concert Season, but you can also explore placements such as music therapy, education, orchestral or band management, in the UK or abroad.
Students have taken placements in organisations such as Faber Music, Grand Union Orchestra, and Scottish Opera. One graduate has opened the New York office of WilKatPR, following a placement with the company.
Read more about Year in Industry
Year in Enterprise
If you have a workable business plan, you can also apply to spend a year developing your business. The year in enterprise works just like the year in industry – you extend your degree by a year and spend the third year benefiting from the Leeds Enterprise Centre’s support to get it off the ground.
Read more about Year in Enterprise