About Leeds College of Music
Leeds College of Music is a leading European conservatoire. We provide music education at undergraduate and postgraduate level, alongside short courses and Saturday Music School for young musicians.
Leeds is third largest city in the UK and has a thriving, eclectic music scene which provides the perfect backdrop to studying music.
A pioneering place to study music
The conservatoire opened in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, providing a Light Music course with a significant focus on Jazz. In 1993 Leeds College of Music launched the first Jazz degree in Europe, and in 2004 we became the first UK conservatoire to offer Popular Music, Music Production and later Music Business.
50 years since our inception, we now have a diverse offering of music degrees spanning Popular Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Music Production, Music Business, Film Music, Songwriting and Folk.
An industry-relevant music education
With state-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading staff, the conservatoire continually champions relevant and innovative music education that equips students with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a perpetually evolving industry. Leeds College of Music alumni enjoy a range of careers in the music industry as performers, producers, composers, business owners and more.
Strong partnerships to support your study
Leeds College of Music is the first and only English conservatoire to hold all-Steinway School status. The conservatoire was also designated an Apple Authorised Training Centre, a regional hub for BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), and a Roland Academy in association with Roland UK.
An accessible music education
As home of Yorkshire Young Musicians, the well-established Saturday Music School, and various Short Courses from classical piano to Logic programming, the conservatoire caters for all ages and interests. Almost 50% of degree level students are supported in their study with bursaries, and Leeds College of Music prides itself on making sure that music education is accessible for all.
Industry support for Leeds College of Music
Over the last 50 years, numerous musicians, industry experts and supporters have been formally associated with the conservatoire. Fellows include Dame Fanny Waterman, Ronnie Scott, Django Bates, Courtney Pine OBE, Marc Almond and most recently Johnny Kalsi. Dr Terry Bramall CBE, Snake Davis, Lesley Garrett CBE, Jeremy Lascelles and John Wallace CBE are our Vice Patrons.