**Important note: this event is only for teachers making bookings for their school groups. Individual students interested in events at City, University of London are encouraged to attend an open day, taster day or book a campus tour. More information can be found here: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/visit-us
An example of what we offer
Our Music department run a variety of sessions available for schools and colleges, including talks on what it is like to study Music at university and taster lectures to give students a feel for university level study in the subject.
Where sessions take place
At your school or at City
We run the following sessions for Music students:
Music Department Overview: In these sessions, one of our academic staff, alongside a current student or alumnus where possible, will talk you through our BMus and BSc undergraduate programmes, discussing the facilities and opportunities on offer as well as the course content and the types of employability prospects you might expect following graduation. This will usually take the format of a short presentation followed by a mini-taster session, tour of the facilities and a Q&A.
Performance: Outstanding performers drawn from our academic and instrumental staff are able to lead masterclasses. These offer an invaluable insights into musicianship and technical approaches to Performance. Participants and listeners report finding the experience inspirational and stimulating, both musically and intellectually.
Composition: Our award winning composition staff (e.g. two winners at the 2017 British Composers Awards) cover an extremely broad range of compositional styles and approaches. We can offer workshops for composers wishing to explore instrumental and vocal music, studio composition, and music and the moving image. Or we can cut across these areas to deliver workshops that help students and teachers identify new strategies for developing compositional ideas and materials.
Music Technology: We have a longstanding research interests in the connection between music and technology and can provide lecture-demonstrations exploring some of the creative techniques composers use to develop distinctive aural materials that explore the boundaries between sound-design and music. We can introduce a range of open-source DSP (Digital Signal Processing) tools and innovative sound manipulation techniques for enhancing students' sound palettes.
Theory & Analysis: We have several theory and analysis specialists in the department who are able to guide students through the building blocks of tonal materials, both traditional and beyond. Our workshops will help to improve students’ skills relating to the appreciation, evaluation, analysis and composition of music using standard Western staff notation.
Music History & Cultural Context: Our historical musicology workshops will encourage students to examine aspects of the relationships between musical development and reception and the geographic, historical and social contexts in which they occur. Taster sessions can be broad or specific as required, either discussing the concepts of representation and meaning in music, and the interweaving of art, culture and society more generally, or applying these concepts to a specific area of music.
Global Musics: We have departmental expertise covering a range of popular and traditional musics from around the world, particularly related to the music of Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Iran and the Middle East. As well as focusing on specific geographical locales, these workshops will consider the politics and aesthetics of musical genres, styles and practices, exploring some of the impacts of colonialism, technology and commodification.
Improvisation and Experimental Music: Building on our very successful Experimental Ensemble, we are able to provide workshops for groups of students that focus on new ways of listening, performing, and interacting. We explore basic improvisation warm-up techniques and then develop methods to interpret graphic and animated scores. This is open to all students regardless of performing experience. Along with the workshop leader this enjoyable activity is also often facilitated by some current student members of our Experimental Ensemble.
This is a free service and most sessions last approximately one hour, although it is possible to alter the sessions depending upon the needs of the school/college.