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Hi guys,

On the Oxford Music page, it said students will have a keyboard test during the interview. Does anyone here know anything about this? Like how long the test would be, what pieces should I prepare for it, a 5mins piece? And if it’s better if I memorise the piece?

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Unless things have radically changed recently, the keyboard test is usually just a sight-reading test if you don't have a Grade 6 piano certificate! Worcester College used to have additional keyboard tests for anyone who interviewed there but I'm not 100% sure if that is still the case :ninja:

I'm an Oxford music alumna (2007-2010). The course has changed a bit since 'my day' ( :shakecane: ) but if you have any questions, do feel free to ask
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Unless things have radically changed recently, the keyboard test is usually just a sight-reading test if you don't have a Grade 6 piano certificate! Worcester College used to have additional keyboard tests for anyone who interviewed there but I'm not 100% sure if that is still the case :ninja:

I'm an Oxford music alumna (2007-2010). The course has changed a bit since 'my day' ( :shakecane: ) but if you have any questions, do feel free to ask
Thank youuuu so much! Do u mean that they might not test me if I have the certificate? Yeah I do have one more question: I am a bit interested in Stravinsky’s ballet, also Christ Church College. I was think writing an essay (for my portfolio to hand in) on Patrushka or maybe the Firebird just cuz there’s the Rite of Spring on my current music textbook. ( I like them all!!) The tutor in Christ Church is Professor Jonathan Cross, the expert in Stravinsky, I am worried if it’s not worth to apply for Christ Church because it’s not my main interest? My dream is to be a composer but I am not very sure what style of compositions I should compose. I am now composing on a 20th century piece to get a Debussy feel, but I also like pieces from other period. Should I apply for Worcester instead? I just went to the open day recently, Worcester is sooo popular.
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Thank youuuu so much! Do u mean that they might not test me if I have the certificate? Yeah I do have one more question: I am a bit interested in Stravinsky’s ballet, also Christ Church College. I was think writing an essay (for my portfolio to hand in) on Patrushka or maybe the Firebird just cuz there’s the Rite of Spring on my current music textbook. ( I like them all!!) The tutor in Christ Church is Professor Jonathan Cross, the expert in Stravinsky, I am worried if it’s not worth to apply for Christ Church because it’s not my main interest? My dream is to be a composer but I am not very sure what style of compositions I should compose. I am now composing on a 20th century piece to get a Debussy feel, but I also like pieces from other period. Should I apply for Worcester instead? I just went to the open day recently, Worcester is sooo popular.
You won't have the sight-reading test if you have passed a Grade 6 piano exam and got the certificate :nah: If Worcester are still doing their weird keyboard tests, those will still apply.

If you like Christ Church, you should apply there BUT do be aware that you need to be able to talk/be grilled about any music essays you send in, in a robust manner. So if you feel your knowledge about Stravinsky ballets isn't the best/wouldn't display the best 'you' at interview, I would caution sending such an essay to Christ Church :ninja:

Worcester is a great college - and my college, as it happens! Robert is due to retire in the next few years so he would not be there the entirety of your degree in any case. But if your heart is in Christ Church, go with that
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You won't have the sight-reading test if you have passed a Grade 6 piano exam and got the certificate :nah: If Worcester are still doing their weird keyboard tests, those will still apply.

If you like Christ Church, you should apply there BUT do be aware that you need to be able to talk/be grilled about any music essays you send in, in a robust manner. So if you feel your knowledge about Stravinsky ballets isn't the best/wouldn't display the best 'you' at interview, I would caution sending such an essay to Christ Church :ninja:

Worcester is a great college - and my college, as it happens! Robert is due to retire in the next few years so he would not be there the entirety of your degree in any case. But if your heart is in Christ Church, go with that
Haha thanks! No I haven’t rly decided which college I like the most yet. I like how Christ Church is close to the music faculty, but also the lake in Worcester. As Professor Robert Sexton would retire soon, I might think about other colleges then. Do u k anything about professor Martyn Harry? Is his compositional style very modern?
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Haha thanks! No I haven’t rly decided which college I like the most yet. I like how Christ Church is close to the music faculty, but also the lake in Worcester. As Professor Robert Sexton would retire soon, I might think about other colleges then. Do u k anything about professor Martyn Harry? Is his compositional style very modern?
Martyn's style is a lot more modern/experimental than Robert's, from what I understand (I'm not a composer, so I didn't study composition with either of them). He's a nicer guy though
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Martyn's style is a lot more modern/experimental than Robert's, from what I understand (I'm not a composer, so I didn't study composition with either of them). He's a nicer guy though
Hahahaha seriously? So u applied for Worcester not because of Robert Sexton lol
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Hahahaha seriously? So u applied for Worcester not because of Robert Sexton lol
I applied to Worcester coz I fell in love with its main quadrangle :love:

Btw, tiz Saxton - not Sexton :ninja:
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I applied to Worcester coz I fell in love with its main quadrangle :love:

Btw, tiz Saxton - not Sexton :ninja:
Great reason!! Hahahahaha Ik Ik, my keyboard is just not listening to me. Did u realize my wrong pronunciation of Petrushka?
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Great reason!! Hahahahaha Ik Ik, my keyboard is just not listening to me. Did u realize my wrong pronunciation of Petrushka?
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I did yes
XD I might ask u more Qs later if I find any.
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XD I might ask u more Qs later if I find any.
Heyyy Goatherd, I’ve got one more Q! Do u k about St Peter’s college? I just went on to the music page of St Peter’s, I couldn’t find any tutors, only two lecturers. If this is the case, would u share a tutor with people from other colleges?
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Heyyy Goatherd, I’ve got one more Q! Do u k about St Peter’s college? I just went on to the music page of St Peter’s, I couldn’t find any tutors, only two lecturers. If this is the case, would u share a tutor with people from other colleges?
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Heyyy Goatherd, I’ve got one more Q! Do u k about St Peter’s college? I just went on to the music page of St Peter’s, I couldn’t find any tutors, only two lecturers. If this is the case, would u share a tutor with people from other colleges?
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The two lecturers are the tutors! Oxford has loads of different levels of tutors and calls them all kinds of different (and sometimes odd) names. I just had a quick look at the page and those two listed would be the ones doing the bulkwork of your teaching, if you applied to St Peter's and got in
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Waittt a guy studying music in Oxford told me that u can change tutors for tutorials if he or she doesn’t suit the area u interested in? He didn’t talk about lectures btw.
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Waittt a guy studying music in Oxford told me that u can change tutors for tutorials if he or she doesn’t suit the area u interested in? He didn’t talk about lectures btw.
Different colleges have different approaches. Not knowing these two tutors at St Peter's, I can't say for definite what they'll do. Some college tutors prefer to tutor almost everything themselves, where that can be done (obviously things like composition and ethnomusicology are rather specialist, so those subjects tend to get 'farmed out' to other colleges rather than remaining 'in-house). Whereas other tutors (like Robert, for example) will send their students here, there and everywhere. So it really depends on the tutor's approach! For third year dissertations (if you choose to do one), you will be sent to a specialist (or as close to one as can be found!) in the area you choose :yes:

Hope this explains it somewhat
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Different colleges have different approaches. Not knowing these two tutors at St Peter's, I can't say for definite what they'll do. Some college tutors prefer to tutor almost everything themselves, where that can be done (obviously things like composition and ethnomusicology are rather specialist, so those subjects tend to get 'farmed out' to other colleges rather than remaining 'in-house). Whereas other tutors (like Robert, for example) will send their students here, there and everywhere. So it really depends on the tutor's approach! For third year dissertations (if you choose to do one), you will be sent to a specialist (or as close to one as can be found!) in the area you choose :yes:

Hope this explains it somewhat
Yes!! It rly makes sense XD I am considering about St Hilda’s now. Robert sounds not rly like a great tutor hahaha. Well my current music teacher was rejected by Robert’s teacher, another Robert from Worcester. He said that was the worst memory ever
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Yes!! It rly makes sense XD I am considering about St Hilda’s now. Robert sounds not rly like a great tutor hahaha. Well my current music teacher was rejected by Robert’s teacher, another Robert from Worcester. He said that was the worst memory ever
Oh, Sherlow-Johnson (not sure how it's spelt!)? Robert (Saxton) is quite... a character, shall we say.

St Hilda's is a nice college! Punts and the JdP building
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Oh, Sherlow-Johnson (not sure how it's spelt!)? Robert (Saxton) is quite... a character, shall we say.

St Hilda's is a nice college! Punts and the JdP building
Yeah I think that’s the name, Ik he’s a fan of Messiaen. Hahaha I feel a bit bad by talking about these professors freely online, but never mind Yeah its JdP building is what rly attracting me, I am just worried if the college is too far away from the music faculty and the main streets, as a lazy person...
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Yeah I think that’s the name, Ik he’s a fan of Messiaen. Hahaha I feel a bit bad by talking about these professors freely online, but never mind Yeah its JdP building is what rly attracting me, I am just worried if the college is too far away from the music faculty and the main streets, as a lazy person...
It's not too far from the Faculty if you walk across Magdalen Bridge and cut across Christ Church Meadow :nah: By cycle it'd be even quicker! You'll be very close to Cowley Road shops and St Clement's restaurants, so you won't feel too cut off, dw! It is a bit of a trek to the train station and coach station from St Hilda's, but not an excessive one!

Haha, yeah, I try and be careful what exactly I say about people. Though Saxton is a bit technologically inept so I doubt he ever Googles his name or lurks around TSR
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