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Why Study Music?

Your Music degree programme at Bangor is flexible – you will shape your degree course to reflect your interests and strengths. You will begin your study of music in a genuinely all-embracing way, engaging with musical theory and practice from Renaissance polyphony  to electroacoustic composition, via every genre in between. You will use this broad framework as a launch pad for developing your own expertise in one of several fields of musicology, performance or composition, including contemporary music, classical performance, music in health and well-being, and all styles of composition. You will be making and studying music with other, like-minded young musicians, composers and musicologists, honing your craft and exploring the field. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to follow a specialism of your own, stretching your abilities and proving yourself.

Watch - It Began at Bangor - Jojo Arvanitis

Jojo Arvanitis studied at Bangor University's School of Music for both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. After completing her MA in Music she began working in orchestral management, and is currently working for the English Session Orchestra.

 I like the fact that as a musician you aren’t limited to performance only. I’m able to tailor my degree to what I want to do through the modules that I take; therefore, having the opportunity to make the most of my degree.

Alys Bailey Wood,  Music

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If you have any questions about the course, our lecturers are on hand to help. Below are some examples of frequently asked questions. Can you think of any more? 

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  • How will I know that Music at Bangor is the right choice for me?

Our Research in Music

Our research active staff members follow a wide range of research interests in musicology, composition and performance.  In the last RAE (2014), almost a third of our research outputs were rated as 'World-leading', and overall 81% of our research activity was assessed as 'World-leading' or 'Internationally Excellent'.

Our staff conduct research and provide PhD supervision in MusicologyCompositionPerformance and Health and Well-Being.  Within these broad designations, we have key strengths in Early Music; 20th and 21st century Music; Music Editing; Welsh Music; Acousmatic and Electroacoustic Composition; Film Music; Sonic Arts; Contemporary Performance; Interactive Performance with Electronics.

Most staff members are active in more than one field and often engage with research projects with colleagues working in other disciplines.

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