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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

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Our philosophy

As a music student, you'll be taught a range of musical styles and encouraged to explore a wide range of musical genres, taking a hands-on, practical and creative approach to learning. You can study degrees in popular music and music technology with specialisms in the following areas.

  • Performance - all genres, including jazz, pop, rock, classical and electronic;
  • Multimedia - creativity with many other arts, cultures and studies.

Music Department iconThe 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 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. All students are members of at least one performing ensemble. We host a wide range of concerts and gigs which feature 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.

Music Department iconPostgraduate 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 International Youth 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, at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and at other venues.

Variety Cafe


1.15pm, Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1HL

Hosted by the Collegiate Music team.

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