The facilities in Music and Performing Arts include state of the art editing suites, recording studios and multi-media labs to performance spaces at Burdalls yard, The Michael Tippet Centre and University Theatre. Facilities on campus include a purpose-built concert hall (the Michael Tippett Centre), a suite of sound-proofed practice rooms, a wide range of specialist instruments (including three Steinway grand pianos), networked music technology labs, digital recording studios, band rehearsal rooms and a well-stocked music library. There is also a wealth of online resources and all lecturers make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) where course materials are made available to students. Music is taught through workshops, master-classes, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons. All of our teaching sessions are highly interactive, whether face-to-face or online (for example, through wikis or discussion boards). Students have the opportunity to work regularly with distinguished visiting lecturers, performers and composers in a masterclass format. Recent visiting performers and composers have included Dame Emma Kirkby, Ensemble Bash, the Smith Quartet, Jason Rebello, Andy Sheppard, Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and Mark-Anthony Turnage.