BA Music - Jazz (Hons)Why Leeds?Contemporary, relevant and adventurous: our BA (Hons) Jazz pathway has a lot in common with the modern jazz artist.Structured around a mixture of one-to-one tuition, small-ensemble work and seminars, this highly collaborative course sees you become a fine specialist performer or composer while developing the commercial awareness and versatility you'll need to succeed as a working musician.Whether you choose to specialise in Jazz or combine it with any of our other pathways – Classical, Popular Music or Music Production – you'll leave Leeds College of Music equipped with the tools and experience required to sustain a portfolio career.The CourseTo stand out in the jazz world, you need a strong combination of technique and identity – which is why our BA (Hons) Jazz pathway is built to help you find and refine your own musical voice. With access to the Conservatoire's ensembles and Classical, Popular and Production communities – as well as Leeds and Yorkshire's fertile jazz scene – your opportunities to experiment, perform and get your work heard are unlimited.While you develop your core skills – from rhythm and harmony to language, improvisation and aural awareness – you zoom in on your strengths and choose from options as varied as Electroacoustic Composition, Music and Ideology, Composition and Production for the Moving Image and Indian Composition. In your third year, you work towards a major final performance or significant portfolio of compositions.You get hands-on experience of the world of work through modules designed to introduce you to the creative industries, expand on your business and marketing skills and enhance essential personal skills such as project management – and your final year sees you undertake a substantial independent project in Community Music, Music Journalism or Events Management.Our students are often asked to take part in professional recordings, concerts and other projects, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to network and make valuable contacts.Your TutorsReceiving 120 hours of specialist tuition across three years, our BA (Hons) students work closely with professionals who have first-hand experience of working in the music industry.Your tutors' credits include eight years with the BBC Big Band and playing with Joni Mitchell and Primal Scream (Iain Dixon), recording and touring with Jamiroquai (Jim Corry), and working with David Liebman and Adam Nussbaum (Jiannis Pavlidis). Guitarist Stuart McCallum is a member of progressive electronic outfit Cinematic Orchestra (signed to Ninja Tune), while saxophonist Rob Mitchell is published by jazzwise.com.Joining them throughout the year are numerous visiting professionals: recent workshops have hosted Jerry Bergonzi and Will Vinson, and composer James Hamilton has been mentoring the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. There's a community feel to the Jazz department, with students and tutors gigging at the nearby venue the Wardrobe and for Jazz Yorkshire – and Sela Bar even hosts a tutor-run season.Your FutureLeeds College of Music prepares you for a dynamic and varied career that could see you performing, composing, or working in education or the creative industries – and our jazz students regularly make the headlines.Graduate ensemble Roller Trio, who were nominated for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize and at the 2012 MOBO Awards, nominated for the 2013 Jazz FM Awards, and alumnus and Submotion Orchestra member Tommy Evans won the Contemporary Jazz Composition category at the 2011 British Composer Awards for his piece The Green Seagull (the second time in a row the award has been won by a Leeds College of Music alumnus).More than 90% of our 2011/12 graduates are in employment or further study, and the emphasis our BA (Hons) pathways place on cross-genre working stands you in good stead for a future that will require you to communicate and innovate across disciplines.