New Popular Music Vocals Syllabus
18 September 2017

London College of Music is proud to launch their new Popular Music Vocals Syllabus. The syllabus includes new approaches to technical skills and musicality, with supporting tests all directly relating to popular music styles and techniques.

The syllabus was devised and written by session singer and LCM examiner, Emer McParland and Sara Raybould, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of West London and Director of the London College of Music.

We have introduced new Step exams to bridge the gap from beginner to Grade 1 and for the first time we are publishing handbooks for each grade. Each publication will include all of the material that is needed to take an exam. These books introduce singers to a wide range of genres, encouraging exploration of different styles and development of an individual personality as the grades progress. 

Supporting tests build up key skills that singers need to be able to communicate with other musicians. A new exam component introduces the idea of riffs (melismas) from the earliest level, enabling students to build up a library of vocal patterns and phrases on which they can draw when creating improvisations in the higher grades. 

Unique to this new syllabus, the style of the backing tracks for the supporting tests will be taken from one of the musical genres featured in the set song list for each grade. This aspect further reinforces LCM Popular Music Vocals exams as the most useful and practical for singers in popular genres, by developing technical skills within real world contexts. 

Audio downloads are available from the LCM Examinations website, including demonstrations and backing tracks for all supporting tests.

We look forward to engaging with singers as they progress through these exciting new books and grades.

To find out more about the exams, please download the syllabus.