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 accept 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.

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 recognition 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 of 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 2018 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 Course Cert HE - Guitar Course

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 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.... [-]


One Year Songwriting – Cert HE Music Performance

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 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:... [-]


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