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Royal Holloway Department of Music


"The Department of Music at Royal Holloway is one of the largest in the UK, offering a very broad and diverse range of courses, taught by leading scholars in the field. While we're proud that our resrach is ranked in first place (out of 55 music departments in the UK) you'll find the tutors friendly, down-to-earth, and always willing to help.

Our courses literally span the world, from Western classical music to music from across Asia and the Americas. We study music across a thousand years of history, but also explore the changing nature of music in the contemporary world. Through performance, composition and academic study, we'll challenge you to think about what music is today and why it matters. 

In addition to our academic staff, we have over 30 visiting instrumental and vocal teachers and provide a fantastic array of performance opportunities for you, from choirs to orchestras to World music and jazz. 

Studying music offers a uniquely rich experience which is highly valued by employers. In your time here, you will not only develop a range of musical skills and knowledge, but also develop your self-confidence in working independently and with others. 

We look forward to welcoming you here."

Professor Stephen Downes

Head of Departmen

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