Royal Holloway Arts Scene / Music at Royal HollowayWatch
Lastly, I have an impression that the arts scene in RHUL is very vibrant (music & drama) where there are many performing arts societies, events, and festivals going on quite frequently. May I know if it is really like this there? I never had a chance to visit RHUL hence I could only rely on the prospectus, regional officers, and graduates for information. :/
The first thing to emphasise is that Royal Holloway is one of the best Music departments in the UK, and has been for quite a while. It has a strong reputation for music and is well-known.
This link here shows you the current timetable for the entire department: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/musi...able201516.pdf . This might give you an idea of what courses are on offer. My understanding is that generally speaking, you will have 10 lectures per module and each one hour lecture would usually be followed by a seminar lead by either the course lecturer or a PhD student who has been trained in giving seminars. (There is the odd exception to this rule, e.g. the Music and Gender undergraduate module, which consists of ten 2-hour length lectures, with no seminars.)
In terms of the types and variety of modules, there is a very broad approach to music studies within the department. So you would get a good grounding in Western art music but also in other types of music like so-called 'world' music (there are 5 ethnomusicology lecturers in the department, which is probably the biggest number outside of SOAS and Queen's University, Belfast!). There is a lecturer who specialises in film music but I don't think there are any undergraduate modules that are explicitly on film music alone.
To my knowledge, there is no arts management module within the undergraduate degree but there are various music initiatives led by students that would look good on a CV and the Careers Department at RHUL provides special guest speakers and sessions tailored especially for music students; I would presume this includes arts management-type stuff!
There is a special practice block for instrumental practice, called Woodlands. It's a very short walk down the road from the Music Department. There certainly is a very strong, vibrant performing arts scene on campus - there seems to often be something or the other going on
Hope this helps
Having actually achieved my BMus at RHUL I can tell you that most of your chosen courses actually WON'T be a one-hour lecture followed by one-hour seminar - different to what is mentioned above. Whilst this is true for a few first-year modules, later in your degree this is very rare - you'll usually have two-hour sessions over 10 weeks each term and these will be with the lecturers themselves. Another thing above which is certainly incorrect - there are in fact undergraduate courses which specialise in film music - not every year due to lecturer availability, but there are most definitely options,so don't worry!!!
It is certainly true that there is a huge variety of courses available to you throughout your degree. These module options change from year to year according to popularity and of course certain lecturers going on sabbatical etc, but you'll be given all this information in advance of each of your years of study, so you can plan your options well! You don't get so much choice in your first year, as it's a chance for all students from a variety of backgrounds to get onto the same page. In 2nd and 3rd year you'll have much more choice, and you'll be able to focus your studies in the direction you want.
As a student who has specialised in performance during my time here, I can definitely vouch for the vibrant arts scene. Our chapel choir is world-famous and the orchestras are really successful too - there are also a lot of other departmental groups to join,such as Early Music and various world music/ethnomusicology-focussed groups. We have plenty of departmental activity going on which offers you concerts or workshops to go to most weeks – sometimes there is almost too much to choose from!
The students union also provides people with about 130 different clubs& societies - including a LOT of music based ones! There are all sorts of singing groups (including a Musical Theatre Society, which is hugely popular) and a lot of drama groups too which do involve music fairly frequently! All of the societies on campus are open to anybody to join, no matter what your course or subject.
There are lots of mini-festivals that happen throughout the year, and a great example of that is the 'PLAY!' festival which happens every June across the university - it's open to all departments but the music department is especially involved, with special concerts and events. Basically, every night of my week is taken up with rehearsals or a performance of some sort, or even going to another concert on campus myself just to watch, so I hope that convinces you that yes, it is really like that here!
I can't advise specifically you on the content of film music courses, as I never focussed on that, (though I have friends who did and loved it!), but I did a lot of music-history related courses during my undergraduate and I can assure you there is a huge variety of option there, and some really fantastic lecturers who are very inspiring in their research and teaching. There is of course a reason I chose to stay here for my Masters.
Anyway - I hope this helps to clarify somethings as although there were some good points made I’m not sure the above comment perhaps gives you true insight into BMus studies - I had the best time as an undergrad here and I'm keen for you to know what it's really like! Do let me know if you have any further questions!
No no no, not at all! It was great and very insightful! Sorry, I just wanted to clear up a couple of mistakes about the undergrad course options etc is all