Music

 

Welcome to Music in the School of Arts

We offer a dynamic approach to the subject, exploring Popular, Classical and Art Musics through Composition, Musicology and Performance. We prepare our graduates for a life where music can be a means of employment and a lifelong source of pleasure and intellectual challenge. Our graduates excel in employment and progression to further academic study at Masters and PhD level. We want our students to understand music and sound critically; engage with contemporary debates; and develop skills and expertise.

STUDY MUSIC AT OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY

Study Music at Oxford Brookes University

The Music course at Oxford Brookes offers flexible and imaginative ways of studying music within the modular framework. It was described in a recent report by its external examiner as 'one of the more interesting courses among both the old and the new universities'.

Performance at Brookes

Music @ Brookes' Big Night Out

The School offers fantastic opportunities for music making in an impressive range of performed styles. During a semester, programmes can include everything from Jesus Christ Superstar to a Mozart Piano Concerto, or from a barbershop quartet to a rock band making their first gig.

Performance in ensembles may be converted into various forms of academic credit. Should you decide to take the University Music Performance module in year one, you will be assigned a teacher for your choice of instrument in semester one. You can develop your skills on your principal study or even start a new instrument from scratch while being assessed on your first instrument or voice.

The Music course at Oxford Brookes offers flexible and imaginative ways of studying music within the modular framework. It was described in a recent report by its external examiner as 'one of the more interesting courses among both the old and the new universities'.

Being open to diverse types of music and developing new ways of thinking about music, are distinctive and attractive features of our music programme.

Music Facilities

The music department is situated in the Richard Hamilton Building. There is a large lecture theatre, a small lecture room, seven practice rooms including a band room (with PA and drum kit), an ensemble practice room and a drum room, two music studios, a music technology room and a research room for postgraduate students. Students also have access to pianos and practice areas elsewhere in the University. The department also owns a range of percussion instruments.

Access to the music facilities is available 24 hours a day for all music students.

The department also has access to the drama studio where performances occur. This provides a live performance venue with versatile sound, lighting and staging possibilities, including surround sound, projections and raised staging and seating.

Music Technology and IT

The Music Technology room houses 6 high end iMac workstations running Adobe Master Collection; Sibelius; Logic; Pro Tools; and many other industry standard software packages. Music students also have access to an Editing Suite with a further 15 iMac's running a host of music and video editing software.

Music Studios

The music studios are based in the basement of the Richard Hamilton Building. The facilities consist of two large single user electroacoustic studios, two sound proof booths; access to Adobe Audition; Pro-Tools and Logic; workstations running Pure Data; Max/MSP; GRM Tools; CDP; a range of sound-recording equipment; along with the possibility of using the two studios together as separated recording and control rooms. One studio has a pair of Genelec 1037C Shielded Active Monitoring Speakers and the other studio has a pair of Genelec S30C Active Monitoring Speakers.

Sonic Art Research Unit Room

This is a space for postgraduate students and research staff engaged in Composition; Sonic Art; or Sound Art practices to use. There are currently two Apple Macs running Logic alongside a range of powered speakers, mixing desks; electronic components for the creation of bespoke devices; microphones for field and instrumental recording; and a range of digital recording devices.

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STAFF

International students who are interested in studying Music at Oxford Brookes can talk to a member of staff in our department via Skype. Please email music@brookes.ac.uk to arrange a chat about the course.

Excerpt of the Department Choir singing Fauré Requiem