The Music Department at Kingston University teaches across a range of musical styles and encourages the exploration of a wide range of musical genres, taking a hands-on, practical and creative approach to learning. The Music Department offers degrees in Music and Creative Music Technologies with specialisms in the following areas.
The undergraduate and postgraduate courses are structured to provide you with the key skills to develop your musical creativity and to progress towards a range of specialist music and music technology options. You will also learn to present work effectively, to research ideas and to become an independent critical thinker and a creative artist.
Practical music making is at the heart of our activities and all students are members of at least one performing ensemble. We put on many concerts and gigs featuring both our own students and staff and visiting artists.
Our students record their performances and work in the studio to create and develop their understanding of creative technologies.
All postgraduate music students can join any of the large University ensembles - you can choose from the chorus, Vox vocal group, chamber choir, symphony and wind orchestras, big band, guitar group, electro-acoustic ensemble, Javanese gamelan ensemble and djembe drumming group. In addition, performance students are encouraged to form their own ensembles. Ensemble activity is credited towards the assessment of some course modules.
Our University ensembles feature in public concerts held regularly in leading local venues, as well as in local events such as the annual Kingston Arts Festival and Kingston Early Music Festival. Lunchtime concerts, involving students or visiting artists, take place at least weekly throughout the academic year in the Visconti Studio and elsewhere.