We offer a full range of world-class facilities, both within and beyond the classroom.
In 2009 we relocated and expanded; today our students and staff learn, perform, collaborate and experiment in two separately distinctive yet strongly linked buildings: the refurbished Jessop Building and the newly-built Soundhouse.
The beautiful Jessop Building is a Grade II listed Victorian building. The sensitive and imaginative restoration means that state of the art facilities sit comfortably within the building's elegant structure.
The Jessop Building contains lecture/ensemble spaces, a music library, staff offices and a number of dedicated spaces for music psychology, ethnomusicology and music technology teaching and research.
The Soundhouse is a unique building which forms a landmark music practise and studio facility.
It houses five practise rooms and a percussion room on the ground floor; five practise rooms, an IT Hub and Studio Technician room on the first floor and two control rooms, two further practise rooms and two 'live' rooms on the second floor.
The sound studios let you explore the cutting edge of music technology, while also offering opportunities for electroacoustic composition and sound recording.
The studios feature high specification acoustic treatment and are fitted out with state of the art technology for sonic arts. We also have an extensive range of professional portable equipment for recording or live performance.
The Music Information Technology (MIT) Lab
The Music Information Technology (MIT) lab is the training ground for all technology based courses. 20 PC computers run third party tools such as Avid Sibelius, Steinberg Cubase and Adobe Creative Suite. Computer music composition uses free, cross-platform software such as Puredata augmented by our own tool-kits for experimenting with sound.
We also produce our own software and run regular workshops for all students enabling you to write your own programs.
We have a large collection of instruments for the use of students and ensembles.
We have excellent collections of reproduction early instruments, including a Stein fortepiano of 1782, harpsichords and early wind instruments.
Our collection also includes orchestral percussion instruments, double basses, Baroque and period string instruments. Among our range of wind instruments we have alto and bass flutes, cor anglais, oboe d'amore, Eb clarinet, alto clarinet, bassett horn, bass clarinet, contra bass Eb clarinet and baritone saxophone.
We also have instruments from India, Iran, West and East Africa, China and Taiwan.
Historical Instrument Collection
The department has a collection of 35 reproduction and original period instruments – one of the largest collections of any UK university. The instruments range in period from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, and encompass wind, strings and keyboards. The collection is under the care of a student Curator of the Historical Instrument Collection, currently Chris Leffler, who is supported in his task by one of the lecturers, Tim Shephard. The instruments are all available for student use, and are involved in an exciting programme of performances, exhibitions and educational activities.
The instruments available:
Winds: shawm, crumhorns, recorders, flutes, sackbut, sordun, dulcian, schalmey, lysarden
Strings: viols, baroque violins, rebecs, lute, vielle
Keyboards: fortepiano, harpsichord, clavichords
Our extensive music library consists of books, journals, scores and recordings, covering all subject areas studied within the department. The Music Library is housed across Western Bank library, the Information Commons and the Jessop building.