Music at Brunel is ranked 9th in UK and 4th in London (The Guardian 2018) Music at Brunel is ranked 32nd in UK, 7th in London (The Complete University Guide 2019) Why choose Music? It’s likely your answer is something like ‘how could I choose anything else?’ Music has a way of binding itself to our lives, as our students and staff will testify. Music at Brunel is informed by the past, grounded in the present and focused on the future. Today’s music world offers many paths to explore, many chances to write, perform and work with music. There have never been so many opportunities for musicians with a deep understanding of their art. With the largest proportion of active music practitioners of any UK university or conservatoire, Brunel is the ideal place to develop your particular interests in contemporary music-making. Our staff include world-class musicians and you’ll gain real insight into how to develop your relationship and passion with music from a first love into a career. Our excellent facilities include a computer suite fully equipped for sound design and notation. There are studios for individual work, individual practice rooms, larger spaces for group rehearsals and multiple performance spaces. Why study Music at Brunel? Our courses reflect the extraordinary dynamic, exciting and all-embracing time in music that exists today. You’ll get a thorough grounding in all the skills you need to explore and succeed in establishing your own unique musical profile and identity. We will work with you to develop your abilities, whether you want to be a performer, composer, music entrepreneur or songwriter. Our staff are successful composers and performers with teaching strengths in composition (acoustic and studio-based), performance, musicology and socio-critical musicology. You’ll work alongside famous contemporary innovators like musicologist Nicholas Attfield; composers John Croft, Jennifer Walshe and Colin Riley; ensemble music innovator and improvisation leader Peter Wiegold; jazz musician Frank Griffith; and electronic music and experimentalist Carl Faia. Both degree courses study the same modules in the first year. You can then follow your interests by choosing from a wide range of options in Years 2 and 3. Getting ready for work: Each musician is unique and the presentation and technology skills you develop at Brunel attract employers across the board. We place you at the centre of your own learning, mentoring and supporting your ambition whether that’s setting up a music production company or a recording studio, or developing a career as a performer, composer, teacher or music therapist. Our students have performed at prestigious venues and festivals in the UK and abroad. They’ve released albums spanning many genres. Some are developing strong reputations as composers, performers and sound artists. You’ll find Brunel graduates at the Arts Council, Universal (Decca) and the English National Opera. Many continue to postgraduate study at universities or conservatoires. Some are teachers, technicians or work in arts administration, publishing, media and management careers. Music BA: On this course you’ll focus on the academic study of music while remaining free to pursue composition, performance and music technology. You’ll develop your knowledge of Western music by studying song, contrapuntal forms, sonata form, the symphony, opera, music-theatre and film music. This leads to an in-depth study of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries in your third year. It introduces you to important methods of analysis, as well as ideas in aesthetics and the sociology of music. You’ll gain skills in writing about music and you can take practical modules in addition to the compulsory musicology strand.