About the School of Music
Founded in 1921, Bangor University’s School of Music has a long tradition of academic excellence. Our courses are unique for the variety of options available. The choice of well over 100 modules allows you to select a pathway which enables you to develop your own interests and skills. Teaching is primarily carried out in small groups, providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment.
Staff teach from their own research interests as musicologists, composers and performers. The most recent Research Excellence Framework graded 81% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our musicological expertise covers over 1,000 years of music history, from plainchant to punk rock. We have particular specialisms in early music, the long nineteenth century, and minimalism. Composition is interpreted in its widest sense, encompassing contemporary ‘classical’, electroacoustic, popular and applied composition (including film music), and cross-fertilization between these genres. The performance of music is central to the life of the School, and can be studied as a soloist or as an ensemble musician. We also offer modules in vocational subjects such as Arts Administration and Teaching Techniques.
Our practice-based teaching presents unique opportunities for student compositions to be performed, for interactions between live music and electronics, and for historically-informed performance arising from our musicological activity. In addition, there is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities, including orchestras, choirs, a brass band, a jazz band, a concert band, and opera and musical theatre groups.
The Welsh language is a vibrant force in Bangor, and we are the only School of Music where it is possible to study your entire degree through the medium of Welsh. Even if you are not a Welsh speaker, you can take advantage of our world-leading expertise in the study of Welsh music, not least through the resources of the Archive of Welsh Traditional Music and the Welsh Pop Archive.
The School of Music is very much at the heart of Bangor University, with cafés and social learning spaces on our doorstep. Our facilities include four studios, a specialised music library, a suite of practice rooms, and two excellent concert halls which host a lively series of recitals, concerts and workshops.