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Studying music could transform your life. For me, it opened up a new and magical world where genius and technique combine to produce that mysterious marvel – music. Now, as an OU student, you can focus in depth on key aspects of music in an innovative, up-to-the-minute single-honours degree course. Imagine a journey of discovery where you find out how music is created, study a wide range of styles, and unlock your own creativity. Add to that some expert guidance in the use of technology to create and record music, and you have not just a degree course but a passionate pursuit. Go for it!

John Rutter

Welcome to OU Music. Our modules cover an immense range of musical styles and practices, offering you the opportunity to engage with music from the medieval period to the present day, and from Handel, Schumann and Bruckner to film scores, jazz and Joni Mitchell. You can study for a BA in music, an undergraduate degree with a concentration in music, or a PhD on a research topic of your choice.

Why study with us? OU Music modules and learning materials are recognised as among the best in the country, offering in-depth and up-to-date study of a wealth of musical styles, historical periods and themes. See more.

OU Music recently collaborated with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to produce an innovative music module, The Practice of Music Making.

OU Music has an academic partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, resulting in a number of joint events and projects each year. See more.

REF2014 confirmed the excellence of OU Music research: we were rated joint first in the UK in the ‘Music, Dance and Drama’ Unit of Assessment in the Guardian’s analysis and eighth in the Times Higher Education’s table. In addition, the Music submission ranked highest of all those put forward by the OU. 94% of our submissions were rated 3* (‘internationally excellent’) or 4* (‘world-leading’). See more.


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