Leeds Conservatoire's jazz degree was the first in the UK, and over the last 50 years we've become a leading authority in jazz across the UK and Europe. Our course was the first Jazz degree to be established in Europe. Our Foundation Year route gives you an extra year to focus on your musical development. Led by Programme Leader, Jamil Sheriff, and supported by a host of renowned jazz musicians, our highly collaborative curriculum will shape you into a forward-thinking, creative artist grounded in tradition but with a hunger to take music to new dimensions.
This course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Jazz) except that the extra Foundation Year allows for students who need an extra year of study to achieve the standard of our entry requirements for the 3-year BA. On completion of the Foundation Year you will continue to Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Music (Jazz).
You’ll play with jazz musicians from all backgrounds, from raw talent to polished, and from progressive to purist. You’ll also benefit from working alongside students from other pathways, collaborating with producers, sound engineers, composers and entrepreneurs on your own independent projects. As well as one-to-one tuition with experts in your specialism, you will form innovative ensembles, develop composition, musicology and critical listening skills, and receive expert advice and instruction from illustrious performers, composers and music industry professionals.
Graduates from Jazz degrees at Leeds Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Recording Artists, Band Leaders, Composers, and Performers