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Music is a great subject to study at university, there are so many different modules you can choose. Theres performance, historical analysis, composition, aesthetics, world and pop.
The university of leeds offers all of these options. I have just finished my degree there, and really enjoyed the 3 years on the pop and world course.
You can take the auditioned entrance BMus 4 year course, you get to spend your 3rd year in a conservatoire abroad. Theres the 3 year BA course, and then the 3 year pop and world course.
I majored in performance throughout the course, and this really gave me so many opportunities. I played every few weeks in performance class, most of my exams and credits were performance based. My final recital was a chance to show off everything I had learned with my own programme choice.
The staff here are excellent, they really are interested in music, and have other projects outside the university such as bands and groups or orchestras which I think is great for keeping their skill up.
The building is amazing, its seperate from all other departments, and is a new modern building attached to the old but redone concert hall. Theres a large common room attached to the concert hall that you can have lunch in, and its all very sociable.
The department has its own african drumming group, cuban band (for first years), full gamelan, 20th century music group and orchestra. I have played in all of these, and they all give you different performance experience.
If you take performance modules you get instrumental teaching included in your fees, if not then youl have to pay for them yourself.
If you think you might want to do a lot of performance, have grade 8 and are willing to audition, you can bass your course mainly around performance. I think its as good as music college with instrumental teaching being at a very high standard. Its better than music college as you get a good mix of instrumentalists as well as composers, technicians and researchers. You also get the benefit of living with students who may not do music in first year if you live in halls.
I can recommed it for anyone who is going to get around ABC in their A levels, and loves performance, composition or research.