Aimed at jazz performers with outstanding potential, creative flair, and a hunger for musical adventure, the BMus (Hons) programme will prepare you for the diverse demands of the jazz profession.
Whilst studying on the BMus (Hons) programme you will:
- create music as a jazz instrumentalist/vocalist at a level that will prepare you to enter the profession on graduation
- establish a secure artistic identity and develop a range of sophisticated professional skills
- perform as a soloist, in small and large ensembles, to a diverse range of audiences
- gain an understanding of the music profession and its audiences in contemporary society
- develop collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial skills
- develop your communication skills to a professional level as an artist through your instrument/voice/compositions
- engage audiences through informed discussion and written work
The Bachelor of Music at Trinity Laban helps you develop your musicianship and prepare you for your professional career after graduation. Whether you join us as an instrumentalist, vocalist or composer, you will develop a strong sense of your artistic identity and acquire a range of sophisticated professional skills, which allow you to engage with music as a soloist, in small and large ensembles, and with a diverse range of audiences. You will gain an understanding of the music profession and its audiences in contemporary society as you develop your collaborative, innovative, entrepreneurial and communication skills.
Principal Study one-to-one lessons and discipline-focussed classes aim to consolidate and extend your performance training. They will allow you to develop technical skills, artistic expression, knowledge of performance practice and musicianship. Additional classes are designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge, understanding and critical thinking to become a complete musician. There is an emphasis on learning through practical activities in all elements of the programme.
By the end of four years of professional training, you will have an established individual musical identity underpinned by strong technique and musicianship. You will have developed keen awareness of a range of performing practices and traditions as required by the contemporary music profession. You will have the opportunity to develop supplementary musical skills and knowledge which will enhance your employability and support you in entering the career pathway of your choice.
The Jazz Singers’ Pathway enables singers to personalise their vocal study, allowing a degree of flexibility distinct from instrumentalists.
This core module is offered throughout the four-year programme. One-to-one tuition is a central and it enables students to develop the technical security and individual artistic identity required for the music profession of today. Principal Study can be used flexibly depending upon the departmental syllabuses and student needs. Offered alongside this is a unique and extensive array of departmental classes which provide supplementary knowledge and skills related to the Principal Study discipline. Department specific teaching skills are included in the second year of departmental classes. Incorporated into the Professional Studies module is the essential small and large group ensemble performance provision which together with individual tuition, provided a fully rounded musical learning experience.
Cross-departmental provision includes classes on informed performing practice, musicians’ health and well-being, movement for musicians and technology for learning.
These core modules support the learning in Professional Studies through the provision of knowledge and skills that enable graduates to be thoughtful, informed and articulate musicians. A pre-requisite for success in many professional domains is a broad but in-depth set of competencies. There are separate, designated classes for students of jazz. Students of the classical pathway will receive classes which deal with music history and context in Western classical music, form and analysis, presentation and research skills, aural training, harmony, improvisation, and arrangement. Students of the jazz pathway will receive classes which deal with music history and context relating to jazz traditions, jazz harmony, composition, arrangement and rhythmic origins from other related traditions.
The Artist as
In each year students receive classes that relate to the broader professional landscape. From the first year, students begin to develop the essential leadership skills required by the profession. The profession is explored from a number of perspectives so that students can begin to orientate their professional aspirations at an early stage in the Programme. The second year focuses on teaching and community career opportunities which have become a highly significant feature of today’s music profession. Alongside this students explore how repertoire can be presented creatively to potential audiences. Entrepreneurialism and business skills are a central feature of the provision at year 3 and are essential navigational tools for the free-lance musician. The final year gives students the opportunity to explore their own musical aspirations, personality and domain through individualised project work, often in an external setting.
CoLab is a unique module to Trinity Laban that you will take in each year of the programme. CoLab is an exceptional learning space in which you will be encouraged to take creative risks and explore the boundaries of your art form in collaboration with staff and students from both the Faculties of Dance and Music at Trinity Laban, other leading artists from across the artistic spectrum and many of our professional partner organisations. The range of projects is both extensive and eclectic including a wide-range of musical styles and genres, interdisciplinary work with dance, art and theatre and creative discipline specific options. Projects may be proposed and led by staff (internal and external) and students alike.
Students are offered an elective choice in each of years 3 & 4. The third year list of elective choices offers a range of areas including: creative electives where students are performing in a range of genres or making music through improvisation and/or composition; academic electives where knowledge, research and presentation skills are developed; and instrumental/vocal teaching skills. The fourth year elective is a substantial component of the final year and the choice spans creative, academic and teaching skills whilst extending the vocational range to include CoLab, workshop skills, and a personal project.
Students who take both Instrumental and Vocal Teaching electives are eligible to take the externally offered L.T.C.L. (offered by Trinity College London) at no cost.
Jazz is fundamentally a collaborative music-making process. As well as developing your individual musicianship through a generous number of one-to-one lessons, you will learn to interact and collaborate with your fellow musicians through playing in a range of ensembles and combos. Our staff, drawn from London’s exhilarating jazz scene, play and perform with students, replicating the feel of the wider jazz community.
Our distinctive and inclusive approach to improvisation ensures you will develop your creative skills to their full potential. Supporting classes include improvisation, jazz harmony, rhythm, jazz history, arranging and composition, as well as coaching, rhythm and horn sections. We celebrate the diverse global origins of jazz with opportunities to study African, Brazilian and Cuban music. All classes are practical and cover both established and emerging jazz genres and innovations.
Learning takes place through a combination of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study. Instrumental/composition/vocal tuition is the central element of provision consisting of individual tuition, group tuition, rehearsals, workshops, seminars and masterclasses. You will develop and contextualize your individual tuition within a broad range of solo, small group/chamber and large ensemble activities. Visiting artists, ensemble directors and lecturers will expose you to a variety of views and approaches current within the profession. CoLab is an integral element of performance studies and is a ring-fenced period of the academic year where students work together to create and develop creative projects and where artistic risks and innovation are encouraged. Most tuition in academic study is delivered in small groups where practical experience is blended with theoretical knowledge to develop musicianship, informed performers and employability skills. Large lectures are also given in some components such as the History and Context of Music, The Artist as Educator, and The Artist as Entrepreneur.
The programme aims to enable you to develop independent learning strategies for lifelong learning. Your tutors will regularly encourage you to reflect on learning and to formulate personal programmes of study and targets for learning.
Specific modules/components in the programme may involve you studying with another student or students in a collaborative way (e.g. with other musicians, dancers or other artists in a working relationship). Collaboration is considered to be at the heart of professional artistic life and as such, opportunities such as these represent valued learning experiences.
This programme assumes 4800 learning and teaching hours. Contact time is defined as tuition which is delivered by a tutor. It includes performances, individual tuition, larger group tuition, seminars, departmental & academic classes, directed rehearsals, masterclasses, competitions and supervised study. Contact and self-study time is itemised in module descriptions. Rehearsal and performance contact time will vary according to the instrumental discipline.
Our success in supporting students to develop their creative voices is reflected in the professional accomplishments of our graduates, who include many of London’s finest emerging jazz musicians.
Elliot Galvin performs with many different ensembles including the Elliot Galvin Trio and Dinosaur. He released a critically acclaimed debut album ‘Dreamland’ in 2014.
Laurence Garrett plays bass with Jamie Cullum.
Emilia Mårtensson won Vocalist of the Year at the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz awards.
Shane Forbes and Lewis Wright together form half of acclaimed jazz quartet Empirical.
Reuben James plays piano with Sam Smith.
Sheila Maurice-Grey, Rosie Turton, Nubya Garcia and Lizy Exell form part of all-female jazz septet Nérija, and were named as City Music Foundation Artists for 2016.
Phil Meadows founded the Engines Orchestra which won the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Ensemble of the Year Award. Phil also won the Jazz Rising Star Award at the London Music Awards 2015.
Award-winning jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd is a BBC New Generation Artist for 2015–17.
Moses Boyd won the MOBO Best Jazz Act in 2015, and releases music under his own label Exodus Records.
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban jazz graduates, visit our Alumni Profiles.
Assessment methods mirror professional contexts as far as possible. In Professional Studies, assessments for performance/composition activities include a combination of solo, chamber/small ensemble, large ensemble and technical work.
These will be supplemented by written/oral assignments that require critical reflection on a range of contextual matters (the wider profession, audience, the concept of the informed performer etc).
Other modules including The Artist as Citizen, The Artist as Educator, The Artist as Entrepreneur, History in Context, Applied Musicianship and Electives feature a blend of written and practical assessments (including, but not exclusive to arrangement, writing (essays, exams), verbal presentations, composition, improvisation, performance etc.) relating to performance practice, contextual and historical knowledge, and musicianship; elective assessments will focus on employability skills and knowledge. Attendance is assessed for some performance activities and CoLab.
- Grade 8 standard in Principal Study
- 3 GCSEs (including English Language) at Grade C or above
- Two A level passes (of which one should normally be Music) or Equivalent qualifications and/or relevant prior experience may be considered
Entry to the programme is dependent upon selection at audition. The audition comprises a performance / composition audition and a 20 minute musicianship test designed to test applicants’ aural skills and ability to produce a written response on a musical topic.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 in all elements.
Fees and Finance
Fees for this course can be found on our current Music Fees.
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years as fee changes are linked to government policy. Fees may increase by up to 5% each year.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
|Location||King Charles Court|
|Duration||4 years (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2018|
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