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    Anyone taking music at Cambridge or Oxford? I'm more interested in the Cambridge one really. Can anyone one tell me what the course is like and if its any good? Oxbridge isn't really as well known for its music degree although there have been some significant and reputable composers and artists come from the institutes. Ideally i'd prefer a more academic based mus degree rather than a more practical one like from the conservatoires and royal colleges. I'm not concert pianist and they only allow you to focus on accompaniment (which i feel is my forte) as a postgrad.

    Anybody know of any other top music degrees around the country?
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    Anyone taking music at Cambridge or Oxford? I'm more interested in the Cambridge one really. Can anyone one tell me what the course is like and if its any good? Oxbridge isn't really as well known for its music degree although there have been some significant and reputable composers and artists come from the institutes. Ideally i'd prefer a more academic based mus degree rather than a more practical one like from the conservatoires and royal colleges. I'm not concert pianist and they only allow you to focus on accompaniment (which i feel is my forte) as a postgrad.

    Anybody know of any other top music degrees around the country?

    OK, I have a place (conditional) for music next year at cambridge. Both the oxfor and the cambridge courses are very academic as you probably already know. The cambridge course is better known and is more up to date. For this reason you will find it easier to get into oxford (unless you apply to a college like worcester where robert saxton works) but you may find the course slightly less satisfying. You are incorrect in saying that the courses are not well known. In the music world it is widely accepted that Cambridge is the best academic music degree in the country. The other main difference is the teaching style which is done in tutorials (as all the courses are in oxbridge). You will also be expected to do at least one essay and one piece of harmony or counterpoint a week so you have to be ready to cope ith the workload. It is also a good place for composition and if you take up that part of the course you are taught by Robin Holloway. There re also some very big academic names there.

    On the subject of other courses the Kings London course is very similar to the oxbridge courses. The main reserch interest there is analysis (schenker etc) aswell as there being quite a few adorno specialists . There are also some big names there like Dr Deathridge (wrote that book on Wagner with Dahlhaus) and tthe composer George Benjemin. The only downside is quite a small music section in the library. The other good academic courses in the country are (I will just put a few comments for each)

    Nottingham - nice new building. Less academic but does very well on league tables. Head of department is an electro-acoustician and is kind of scary. Admissions officer is very small.

    York - famous course with a wide range ofpossibilities. It is modular and there are no exams. The interview system is a complete joke and the department building is a bit falling to pieces but they are getting a new bit added on this year. There are lots of possibilities of ethnomusicology and popular music modules (if that's what your into) and there is a possibility of a "solo project" instead of a dissitation.

    Manchester - Has just got a new buiding (which cost them 7 million). It is again a very academic course but with less essays than oxbridge and more playing possibilities with links to the RNCM. They also have the guy that did a finished edition of Beethoven 10 which was played at the promss a few years back. The admissions officeris very cool and has a big bust of lenin in his office.

    Southampton - very highly rated but you have to live in southampton for three years. need I say more?

    Edinburgh - four year course, they start teaching history at the beginning of time (aristotle and the music of the spheres etc) and teach it chronologically which is a bit weird. They ask for low entrance grades so the quality of other students will not be as high as at oxbridge.

    Durham - supposed to be very good but I haven't looked.

    Birmingham - the same as durham but again they ask for lower A level grades than others

    Royal holloway - supposed to be a good course but the department is very small. It is in egham/staines. Apparently there are some good options for performance stuff.

    I think that is most of them covered although I'm sure I've missed out one or two. If you want more info or help then pm me or email me at [email protected] Thank you for giving me a chance to ramble.

    MB
 
 
 
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