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School of Arts and Media



Our music department is a place of diverse musical vibrancy that has a strong sense of tradition whilst embracing innovation. It was here that the first degrees in band musicianship and popular music were founded and they continue to flourish alongside more recent programmes, such as Creative Music Technology.

Our focus is to provide quality teaching and instruction across a wide range of genres and the breadth of our curriculum ensures a unique and varied blend of musical experience for all of our students.

To enable study in a wide range of styles, the School of Arts and Media offers a number of core disciplines that underpin the fundamental attributes required by a working musician, providing a balanced academic learning outcome:

  • Composition
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Technology

In addition to the conventional suite of modules, you also have the opportunity to study Community Music, Ethnomusicology, Event Management, Musical Direction (Conducting) and Music Journalism.

The School’s recording facilities are reputed as one of the best in Europe, with the New Adelphi building housing six industry-standard recording studios, a large live band room for ensembles and an extensive range of acoustically treated rehearsal and practise rooms.

Our teaching staff are all practitioners in their individual fields, engaging with industry on a regular basis and you will benefit from a comprehensive level of tuition within lectures, seminars and on a one-to-one basis.

You can find out more about our music courses including module details and entry requirements by selecting one of the options below:

We also an additional foundation year for these programmes, more information about the foundation year can be found on the links above.