School of Music

Welcome to the School of Music. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or returning to your studies.  

Make sure you read the ‘all students’ info first – this covers things like tasks you need to complete before the start of term, safety procedures on your course and where to go for more information or support. 

Then scroll to the section that applies to you – new student or returning student. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need. 

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, find your faculty welcome and induction information to help you get started.

All Students:

What do I need to do before I arrive?

The main thing to do is keep an eye on your emails. If you’re a new student, you should have received a welcome email with all the information you need to get started at Leeds and a checklist of things to do.  

If you’re a returning student, make sure you have registered and enrolled on your modules. We’ll be in touch to let you know about anything that you need to do before you arrive, and any meetings that are taking place to help prepare you for the next year of your studies. This will include a meeting for returning students in Welcome Week.  

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Large lectures on our core modules will take place online, but seminar and group discussion sessions will be in person where possible. We’re also aiming for activities on our performance modules to be delivered face-to-face in our large performance and rehearsal spaces. Of course any local shutdowns or changes to government guidance may force us to make changes to our teaching plans. 

If you are concerned about coming to Leeds because of a medical condition or disability you should contact Antony Butcher (a.j.c.butcher@leeds.ac.uk). 

How will practical sessions be managed?

Our large performance and rehearsal spaces have been risk assessed to ensure that we can use them safely to deliver our practical performance activities. Our ensemble performance modules will take place in semester two and we’ll be using small group sizes to ensure these activities can be carried out safely. 

Where can I go for support?

Our School Support Officer is Antony Butcher (a.j.c.butcher@leeds.ac.uk). There’s more information about the support available at www.students.leeds.ac.uk. At the start of the year we’ll share the School Handbook with you, which includes information on all of the key staff in the School including programme leaders and how you can contact them.  

You may also contact your academic personal tutor. 

How can I have my say on my programme and school?

Course reps (who represent all students in their year) and school reps (one each for undergraduate and postgraduate students) meet formally four times a year at the Student-Staff Forum to represent your views, discuss projects and raise any issues.  

I’m a new student: 

What does my Welcome Week timetable look like?

We’ve worked in partnership with current students to develop our Welcome Week timetable and we’ll be sharing this with you before you arrive. Most of our activities will be taking place in the week starting 21st September, but we’ll have some online activities before then so you can meet other students from the School before you arrive. If you’re not able to come to Leeds you’ll still be able to take part in Welcome Week.  

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to Music?

We’ve got a really exciting range of activities planned, including a socially-distanced picnic, an online quiz, watching a show online together, and small group sessions with your peer mentor – plus lots more! Keep an eye on your emails for the full Welcome Week programmes.  

How will I get to know other students?

Welcome Week will have a range of activities that current students have told us will help you settle in quickly. Peer mentors will be on hand throughout the week to help run sessions where you can meet other students, and we’ve got lots of interactive activities planned.  

How does the peer mentoring scheme work?

Our peer mentoring scheme matches you with a second or third year to help you settle in, develop skills and to answer any questions you might have. We’ll put you in touch with your peer mentor in the next couple of weeks. They’ll stay in touch with you over Semester 1, helping you to get the most out of your time at Leeds.  

Are there any societies I can join for the school?

Yes! We’ve got a really fantastic range of student-led performance/music societies that you can get involved with. You’ll be sent information on all of the societies in the next couple of weeks, and you’ll also have a chance to hear from them during Welcome Week. We’ve also got a fantastic School Society LUUMS who are here to help you get the most out of your time in the School.  Also PCI Society

How does assessment work on my programme and what support is provided with academic skills?

Assessment is tailored to the needs of each module and includes group and individual presentations, creative compositional and technology work, short article critiques, solo and ensemble performances, and pieces of written work. Helping you prepare for your assessment is one of the key aspects of our core Music Research Skills module, and we also work closely with the University Library, Skills@Library which offers a wide range of online support for the development of your academic skills including preparing for assessment.

How can I find more about my programme?

During Welcome Week you’ll find out lots about your programme and meet staff. You’ll also learn more about individual modules and being part of the School with our online resources. In the meantime, check out your course page on our website

Are there any specialist software or systems that I need for my programme and where do I find out information about it?

It’s really useful for you to have your own PC or laptop so you can access all of the University’s resources and online learning programmes*. These include: 

  • Minerva – our virtual learning environment. You’ll have the chance to explore Minerva during Welcome Week.  
  • Microsoft Office 365 – where you can access your email and use the video chat app Teams which you will be able to access online through the University once you have registered for your course.  

*You’ll receive more information on these systems during your induction

Depending on which modules you take, we might licence software for use on your personal computer or suggest that you download free software for use in completing your work, but you will not need to purchase any specialist music software for your programme. 

How will I meet my academic personal tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work? 

You’ll be allocated a tutor who shares your musical interests, and as well as meeting your tutor for a catch up each semester, they will also lead your seminars on the core Music Research Skills, so you’ll see them a lot in your first year.   

What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer?

Course reps represent the views and opinions and provide feedback on behalf of the student body. When lots of people volunteer to be course reps we’ll organise an election which will be held during the first Town Hall meeting in the first few weeks of term.   

How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules?  

Regular module and programme level surveys give you the chance to give feedback. 

I’m a returning student: 

How will my learning experience be different to last year?  

To keep students and staff safe we’re reducing the numbers on campus. We intend to run as much as possible face-to-face but will deliver more teaching online than last year. We’ll be setting up one-way systems to keep everyone safe whilst offering as much face-to-face teaching as possible.  

As for practical sessions our ensemble performance modules will take place in semester two and we will be using small group sizes to carry these out safely. We anticipate that our practice rooms will be available but will have to be pre-booked, and we are in discussions with our visiting instrumental and vocal teachers about how and where these lessons will take place in the coming year, since the practice rooms are too small to be used for lessons. 

Our multimedia clusters may have to be reserved for teaching activities such as the core BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics modules, but staff leading other modules such as music technology and film-scoring are developing the curriculum to make sure we have appropriate computer software available for you if you are taking these modules, even if some teaching is delivered online or in alternative teaching spaces. 

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face to face?  

You’ll meet with your personal tutor twice a semester to discuss how your studies are going. These meetings will either take place face-to-face or via video call. You’ll discuss how these meetings will take place with your personal tutor at the start of the year.  

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