Why Oxford is a great place to study this course
Oxford has a dynamic music scene with music from across the spectrum. It is home to historic concert venues such as the Sheldonian Theatre and the Holywell Music Room (England's first concert hall), but also a thriving pop, rock and jazz scene.
Brookes Music students have the opportunity to hone their performance skills in a wide range of venues in Oxford, from new music in the O2 Academy to chamber music in the Holywell Music Room.
For their final-year dissertation project, Brookes Music students can gain access to the resources of the world-renowned Bodleian Library.
The musical venues in London, eg the English National Opera, the Wigmore Hall or Southbank Centre, can easily be reached by coach.
Our music facilities are situated in the Richard Hamilton Building, which includes two lecture rooms, seven practice rooms including a band room, acoustically isolated studios and a music editing suite. These facilities are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to music students. Several practice and seminar rooms are equipped with grand pianos, including a Steinway in the Green Room in historic Headington Hill Hall, and a Yamaha concert grand in the Harcourt Hill Chapel. There are organs on the Wheatley and Harcourt Hill campuses, and the department owns three drum kits, a range of percussion instruments as well as bass and guitar amplifiers. Students can store their instruments and amplifiers in a secure locker room.
The department has three electroacoustic studios, two of which can be combined in a multi-studio format when required for large-scale recordings. A selection of microphones from AKG, Beyerdynamic, Rode, Sennheiser and Shure are available for booking along with the studios.
- Avid Pro-Tools HD and Apple Logic recording/editing systems on Apple Mac hardware
- 5.1 Genelec monitoring system with option for Dolby Atmos format mixing
- Synthesizers include Kurzweill K2000, Roland Fantom and EMU Proteus systems
- Avid Pro-Tools and Apple Logic recording/editing systems on Apple Mac hardware
- Genelec 1038 stereo monitoring system
- Vintage keyboards include a Hammond Organ and an EMS VCS-3 analogue synthesizer.
- Various backline including drum kit, guitar and bass amplifiers, etc.
Software includes Avid Pro-Tools, Adobe Audition, Logic, CDP, Kontakt, Pure Data, CSound, Sibelius, Cycling '74 MAX, GRM.
The Digital Edit Suite features iMacs with:
- Fully compatible with windows hard-drives*
- Adobe Creative Cloud Edition (including Adobe Audition)
- Final Cut Pro X
- Garage Band
- Audacity and MPEGStreamclip Freeware
Richard Hamilton Building is equipped with wireless internet access.
The University library, located across the road at Gipsy Lane, is well stocked with music books, scores, CDs, DVDs and videos. The library also offers access to a wide range of e-books, electronic journals and databases which are indispensable for advanced study in music.
Students are trained to use the library's music resources from their first semester on progressively until the final-year dissertation. Our dedicated subject librarian is always happy to help with student questions. All Oxford Brookes students undertaking research may also apply to join the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.
General support services
From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.
We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.