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2 Postgraduate courses in Music at Bangor University

3 The City of Bangor A small and vibrant cathedral city with the University at its heart Spectacular location on the North Wales coast One of the oldest cities in the UK (founded 525 AD), and the cultural capital of North Wales Compact and safe Inexpensive living costs: the second cheapest student town in the UK (source: Unique bilingual atmosphere

4 Unique geographical location 5 minutes’ walk to the sea Less than 10 miles from the Snowdonia National Park, and from spectacular unspoilt beaches on the Isle of Anglesey Ideally positioned for outdoor pursuits and recreation Easily accessible: superb road links, and just 3 hours from London by train

5 Bangor University Founded in 1884 26 academic schools 2000 members of staff and 10,000 students from all over the world Internationally-recognised expertise in a range of disciplines – including Music Housed in magnificent buildings overlooking the city

6 Award-winning Halls of Residence: – en-suite bathrooms available – internet access – spectacular views Libraries and computing facilities Excellent sporting facilities: – Indoor sports centre – Full-size race track and various sports pitches – Indoor climbing wall Bangor University

7 The School of Music Close-knit community of around 200 students (undergraduates and postgraduates) Academic staff – –musicologists –composers –performers Specialist support staff 30+ instrumental/vocal teachers

8 Extensive facilities and resources 4 fully-equipped studios 2 splendid concert halls (Prichard-Jones Hall and Powis Hall) Dedicated building – –lecture hall –seminar rooms –music library (20,000 scores and 6000 recordings) –listening/viewing facilities –computing facilities –student common room –12 practice rooms Instruments – 2 concert grand pianos, 3 harpsichords, 2 organs, harps, orchestral percussion, collection of world instruments, etc.

9 Vitality and Quality of Musical Life 3 orchestras: –Bangor University Symphony Orchestra –Bangor Baroque Soloists –Music Society Orchestra (student-run) 3 choirs: –Bangor University Chorus –Bangor University Chamber Choir –Music Society Choir (student-run)

10 Vitality and Quality of Musical Life Music Society SODA (musical theatre) Jazz band, brass bands, etc. Bangor New Music Festival (every Spring) Student-run Ensembles: BUSE and Canaf

11 Vitality and Quality of Musical Life Regular highlights include: Allegri String Quartet BBC National Orchestra of Wales Jana Frenklova (piano) Ensemble Cymru and many visiting soloists, chamber musicians and singers Music at Bangor: University concert series

12 Vitality and Quality of Musical Life ElectroacousticWALES

13 Vitality and Quality of Musical Life Fortnightly visits from distinguished scholars Speakers in 2008-9 have included: – Anthony Pryer (Goldsmiths, University of London) – Robert Normandeau (Université de Montréal) – Elaine Kelly (University of Edinburgh) – Andrew Pinnock (University of Southampton) – Nicholas Attfield (University of Oxford) – Berta Joncus (University of Oxford) – Susan Rankin (University of Cambridge) Research seminars

14 Vitality and Quality of Musical Life Masterclasses and workshops BBC NOW composition workshop

15 Vitality and Quality of Musical Life Masterclasses and workshops BBC NOW workshop for postgraduate conductors

16 Meet the staff … Professor Thomas Schmidt-Beste Late Middle Ages and Renaissance; 18th and 19th centuries; music and text; music and ideas; history of musical genres; Mozart; Mendelssohn Professor Bruce Wood Music in England, 1660-1710 and 1880-1950; Purcell; Blow; Elgar; Baroque performance Professor Andrew Lewis Composition; electroacoustic music; analysis of acousmatic music; European music since 1945 Dr Sally Harper Music in Wales; medieval liturgy; music in the British Isles before 1600

17 Meet the staff … Dr Chris Collins Manuel de Falla; early 20th-century music in France, Spain and Scandinavia; the classical record industry; analysis; orchestral and choral conducting Dr Peter Flinn Composition; European music c.1900-50; Romantic music; orchestration; Baroque performance practice; performance Ms Jana Frenklova Performance (piano); Schumann; Czech and central European music; music in the late 20th century Dr Christian Leitmeir Sacred music; musical notation; music, words and images; Middle Ages; 16th-century polyphony; Viennese classicism; late Romanticism

18 Meet the staff … Dr Guto Puw Composition; music technology; contemporary Welsh art music; choral conducting Mr Stephen Rees 15th-century French secular music; Welsh traditional music and instruments; analysis; traditional music in north-west Europe Dr Pwyll ap Siôn Composition; Michael Nyman; popular music culture in Wales Mr Wyn Thomas Ethnomusicology; traditional music of Celtic countries; traditional performers in Wales; organology; Women in music

19 Research centres Centre for Research in Early Music (CREaM) Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies (CAWMS) International Centre for Sacred Music Studies (ICSMuS) ElectroacousticWALES Archive of Traditional Welsh Music Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

20 Other areas of expertise Musical editing Twentieth-century music Minimalist and post-minimalist music Words and music Instrumental and vocal composition Performance

21 Postgraduate courses in Music Taught courses MA, MMus (1 year full time; 2 years part time) Research courses MPhil (normally 1 year full time; 2 years part time) PhD (3 years full time; 6 years part time)

22 Taught courses MA in Music MMus in Composition MA in Composition/Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art MA in Welsh Music and Celtic Music MA in Music Performance MA in Sacred Music Studies MA in 20th- and 21st-Century Music MA in Early Music

23 Taught courses Course structures MA (standard track) Part OnePart Two Core module Current Musicology or Contexts and Concepts in Composition or Music and the Sacred Principal Subject Open Submission 1 x major or 2 x minor Preparation for Part Two Project Part Two Project 20 credits40 credits 20 credits60 credits

24 Taught courses Course structures MA (special track) and MMus Part OnePart Two Core module Current Musicology or Contexts and Concepts in Composition Principal Subject Independent Special Study Preparation for Part Two Project Part Two Project 20 credits60 credits20 credits 60 credits

25 Taught courses Course structures Principal Study areas Historical Musicology Editorial Musicology Ethnomusicology Music and the Christian Church Celtic Traditional Music Music in Wales Composition Electroacoustic Composition Music and Film Solo Performance Performance Practice Music in the Community

26 Taught courses Course structures Typical teaching pattern Core module: fortnightly class with exercises Principal study (except Performance): fortnightly plenary class, supported by regular individual supervision Principal study in Performance: individual tuition with specialist tutor (up to 24 hours for Part One, and an additional 18 hours for Part 2) Open submissions and Part Two projects (except Performance): regular individual supervision

27 Taught courses Course structures Modes of assessment Part One: Submission of a portfolio of work (essays, editions, compositions or similar), usually around April. Performers give a recital of 25-30 minutes’ duration. Part Two: Submission of extended written project or composition, usually in September. Performers give a recital of 45-50 minutes’ duration.

28 Research degrees: MPhil and PhD Mode of study: – Individual research on an original project chosen in advance. – Supported by regular supervision from a specialist advisor. – Further support available via Bangor University’s Graduate Programme. Modes of assessment: – Musicology: submission of a written thesis. – Composition: submission of a portfolio of compositions (which may be supported by a written thesis). – Performance: two public performances, production of a professional recording, and submission of a written thesis.

29 Postgraduate courses in Music Fees and funding Tuition fees for 2009-10: UK and EU students (full time): £3990 per annum Non-EU students (full time): £8800 per annum Part-time students are charged 50% of this amount per annum Financial support is available from a range of organisations, normally on a competitive basis. Advice on financial support is available on our website:

30 Bangor University postgraduate scholarships 125th Anniversary Research Scholarships 125 scholarships for PhD students to cover fees for three years, plus an annual maintenance allowance. Bursaries of £6500 per annum will also be available. Apply now! Decisions will be made in June. College of Arts and Humanities and School of Music bursaries A limited number of bursaries are available, including a new £5000 Parry Williams Scholarship. More information at

31 Accolades for the School of Music RAE 2007 = Bangor is at the cutting edge of international research into music (70% of research in top two categories) Rated ‘Excellent’ in the National Teaching Quality Assessment In the top 20% of UK Music Departments in the Times Good University Guide for 2009… … but TOP for student satisfaction in the same survey

32 Dr Chris Collins School of Music Bangor University Bangor LL57 2DG Wales (United Kingdom) Telephone: (+44) (0)1248 382181 Email:

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