London Centre Of Contemporary Music

Introduction
The Story of LCCM

In 2001, LCCM’s founders explored the feasibility of creating a new college for music in central London. Having had first hand experience of professional music and an understanding of UK higher education – including a significant involvement with the Royal Academy of Music Jazz course – the founders finally crystallised the concept of the ‘London Centre of Contemporary Music’ in response to four key observations:

  1. Music education in the UK isolated areas of the industry and built narrowly focussed programmes around them i.e. classical music or Jazz performance, music technology, composition, music business management
  2. A huge dichotomy in intellectual content and academic rigour existed between the elite conservatoires and the myriad BA courses many of which provided at best only a rudimentary study of harmony
  3. Technique was too often mistaken as the end rather than the means
  4. Intellectual depth was stressed at the expense of artistic originality or vice versa

Unique approach to higher education

The rationale that continues to underpin LCCM centres on how it addresses these fundamental issues:

  • We offer an approach to making literate popular music that draws on the breadth of the art form’s interrelated traditions
  • Our curriculum reflects how music continues to merge with the wider creative sector
  • We accepts that for good or bad, professional musicians and artists are increasingly expected to be arranger, composer, producer and micro-business
  • Technical skill, intellectual rigour and artistic originality are not mutually exclusive

In 2002, development began on the design of a programme that understood these principles.

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How LCCM has grown

By January 2003, LCCM was located in its main building at 50-52 Union Street, London SE1. The team developed a unique programme of Music Performance and Production, mapping it to a selection of HND units. LCCM gained ‘Approved Centre Status’ from Edexcel in Spring 2003, offering a two year full-time HND BTEC in Music Performance and Production and a one year NVQ Level 4 In Music Performance.

By the summer of 2003, LCCM had been Specially Designated for Student Support in Higher Education by the Department for Education and Skills. This enabled LCCM students to access student loans for the HND programme. The college had also obtained similar recognitions from funding bodies in Sweden and Denmark.

Between October 2003 and October 2007, the college grew from approximately 26 full-time students to 120. From 2006 discussions took place to form a collaborative link with a university. The aim was to take the core themes that underpinned the institution and develop them into a three-year undergraduate degree with honours. During this period the NVQ qualification was replaced with a BTEC Edexcel Level 4 Professional Diploma.

A collaborative link was formally agreed with Middlesex University (MU) in October 2007 with a view that from October 2008, LCCM would provide two programmes: a 3-year BMus (Hons) in Music Performance and Production with MU and a one-year HNC in Music Performance with Edexcel. Also in 2008, LCCM doubled the size of its buildings with the addition of a second building, also on Union Street SE1.

Since 2003, the college has gathered a staff to rival any of the national conservatoire courses without losing its focus on all forms of popular music, and in particular on funk, soul, blues, rock, reggae, latin and electronic music. In addition, the college has held masterclasses with some of the most influential artists from modern music such as George Clinton, Fred Wesley, Randy Brecker, Boy George and Mad Professor.

As LCCM moves into its second decade, plans are afoot for more exciting, innovative developments that will continue to further LCCM’s position as the UK’s only specialist college for creative people.

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Music Course Cert HE - Bass Course

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The one year Bass course Cert HE (Creative Music Practice) at LCCM is ideal for musicians whose primary interests are sharpening their performance skills and working collaboratively to create new music. The course teaches key theoretical principles through practical music making in a way that relates to the modern recording industry... [+]

The one year Bass course Cert HE (Creative Music Practice) at LCCM is ideal for musicians whose primary interests are sharpening their performance skills and working collaboratively to create new music. The course teaches key theoretical principles through practical music making in a way that relates to the modern recording industry. The LCCM one year Bass course Cert HE (CMP) focuses on creative and collaborative projects to help you become a better Bass player: Instrumental development from a writing, arranging and ‘sound’ perspective Performance experience playing at leading music venues in London Repertoire development – the evolution of popular music Writing and recording as a band Studio recording project Music theory – ear training, chord progressions, song forms and working with lead sheets The Cert HE Creative Music Practice programme has the same entry criteria as the LCCM degree course making it a programme for serious musicians. The CertHE Creative Music Practice is an FHEQ Level 4 course, so at LCCM that is the same level as year 1 of the degree programme. The requirement to sight-read and apply advanced music theory is of less relevance on this programme. The one year Bass course Cert HE (CMP) presents the opportunity to have a weekly group Bass class, performance workshops and gigs every term in top London music venues and final collaborative recording project. The LCCM Bass course leads to a Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Music Practice and is currently validated by The Open University. Students from the EU can fund their studies through the student loan scheme. Compulsory Modules Performance and Applied Theory lectures in the theoretical principles of contemporary popular music ear training classes Aural Training lectures developing the critical listening skills required to improve your musicianship and exploring notation for rhythm section and melody instruments Music in Context seminars explore key periods in contemporary popular music 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. Part-time Cert HE 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. Career Progression Opportunities Professional musician Instrumental teaching Continuing in higher education [-]

Music Course Cert HE - Guitar Course

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The one year Guitar course Cert HE (Music Performance) at LCCM is ideal for capable musicians who want a programme that focuses on developing instrumental technique, theoretical knowledge and technical performance skills. The course includes one to one Guitar lessons... [+]

The one year Guitar course Cert HE (Music Performance) at LCCM is ideal for capable musicians who want a programme that focuses on developing instrumental technique, theoretical knowledge and technical performance skills. The course includes one to one Guitar lessons. The LCCM one year Guitar course Cert HE (MP) focuses on practical music making to help you become a better Guitar player: Instrumental techniques, concepts and approaches including one-to-one lessons Performance experience playing at leading music venues in London Repertoire development Harmony and Theory Ear Training The Cert HE Music Performance programme has the same entry criteria as the LCCM degree course making it a programme for serious musicians. The CertHE is an FHEQ Level 4 course, so at LCCM that is the same level as year 1 of the degree programme. It is aimed at those people wanting to focus on core practical and creative skills rather than the breadth of academic learning required for a music degree. The LCCM one year Guitar course Cert HE (MP) presents the opportunity to have one to one Guitar lessons, group Guitar classes, performance workshops and gigs every term in top London music venues. The LCCM one year Guitar course leads to a Certificate of Higher Education in Music Performance and is currently validated by The Open University. Students from the EU can fund their studies through the student loan scheme. Compulsory Modules Music Theory lectures in the theoretical principles of contemporary popular music ear training classes Aural Perception lectures developing the critical listening skills required to improve your musicianship and exploring notation for rhythm section and melody instruments Music in Context seminars explore key periods in contemporary popular music 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. Part-time Cert HE 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. Career progression opportunities Professional musician Instrumental teaching Continuing in higher education [-]

One Year Songwriting – Cert HE Music Performance

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The one-year Songwriting course is ideal for songwriters with a strong background in music theory whose primary interests are sharpening their writing skills and working collaboratively to create and perform new music... [+]

The LCCM one year Songwriting course based in Central London commences on Wednesday 28th September 2016. It can be studied full-time for 1 year or part-time for 2 years. The one-year Songwriting course is ideal for songwriters with a strong background in music theory whose primary interests are sharpening their writing skills and working collaboratively to create and perform new music. The course teaches key theoretical principles through practical music making and approaches songwriting in a way that relates to the modern recording industry. The LCCM one year Songwriting course Cert HE (MP) focuses on creative and collaborative projects to help you become a better songwriter: Artistic development from a writing, arranging and ‘sound’ perspective Repertoire development – the evolution of popular music Writing and recording as a band Studio recording collaborative project Music theory and ear training – major / minor scale harmony and rhythmic notation; utilising theoretical principles to strengthen your writing The LCCM one year Songwriting course is aimed at writers and artists who want to explore the underlining principles of songwriting in order to write their own music. Our approach is to focus on writing both as an individual and in partnership; you will experience how groups of musicians work collectively to try out ideas and refine them into finished songs. The Cert HE Music Performance is an FHEQ Level 4 course, which at LCCM is the same level as the first year of the degree. The course uses the exploration of songs, writers and approaches to help you develop your own method of writing however, unlike many other songwriting courses all students on this creative one-year songwriting course will also: perform at songwriters’ nights in and outside the college write new music individually, in partnership and as a band record in industry standard recording studios develop a practical understanding of music theory – ear training, chord progressions, song forms and lead sheets The one-year Songwriting Course has similar academic entry criteria to the LCCM degree course making it a programme for serious musicians. The requirement to apply advanced music theory is of greater relevance to the Cert HE Music Performance course. Though not essential, it is highly advantageous for songwriting students on this course to be able to play either guitar, bass or piano well enough to benefit fully from some of the workshops. The one year Songwriting course Cert HE (MP) presents the opportunity to have a weekly group writing class, performance workshops and gigs every term in top London music venues, a collaborative recording project and Music Programming. Students have 3 compulsory modules one the programme and can choose an additional 4 optional modules, as described below. This LCCM one-year Songwriting course leads to a Certificate of Higher Education in Music Performance and is currently validated by The Open University. Students from the EU can fund their studies through the student loan scheme. Compulsory Modules Music Theory lectures in the theoretical principles of contemporary popular music ear training classes Aural Perception lectures developing the critical listening skills required to improve your musicianship and exploring -notation for rhythm section and melody instruments Music in Context seminars explore key periods in contemporary popular music 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. [-]

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