Hear from a tutor and student about studying Music at Liverpool Hope. Studying Music at Liverpool Hope gives the opportunity to cover a broad range of topics and genres, designed to enhance your musical experience. Your studies will focus on historical, analytical, academic, compositional and performance skills in a course led by staff with a broad range of teaching and research specialisms including Cultural and Historical Musicology, Popular Music Studies, Performance, Composition, and Electroacoustic Composition.
In your first year you will study a broad range of contextual and practical subjects. Contextually you will explore popular and classical music studies, analysis, issues and ideas in music and music theory, while practically you will concentrate on performance, composition, electroacoustic composition and style composition. As you progress in to the second and third years, you will continue with contextual work in popular and classical music studies, aesthetics and analysis while you can choose to specialise in further contextual and practical studies. Choices for practical and contextual specialisms include composition, electroacoustic composition, song writing, solo performance, group or ensemble performance (either classical or popular), orchestration and arrangement and musicology. In the third year, all students have the opportunity to engage with an extended research project, which can take the form of a dissertation, critical edition and commentary or a practice- based project. There is also an additional option for third-year students to undertake a Negotiated Learning Project for which they engage in a work-based placement with one of our partner organisations or other musical institutions in the region. Based at Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, the Music Department is housed in the Capstone building, also home to the Capstone Theatre. The Capstone Theatre is a 260-seater public theatre which hosts regular concerts and productions, including Liverpool Hope's own annual Cornerstone Arts Festival, and is used regularly for student performances. The Music Department is one of only a handful of All-Steinway Music Schools in the UK and, in addition to a Steinway Model D in the Capstone Theatre, also boasts, a chamber organ, two harpsichords, a suite of sound-proofed practice rooms, all equipped with Steinway pianos, as well as four electronic studios and other specialised teaching spaces.
The music department is also proud to work closely with partner organisations to enhance teaching and broaden the student experience. Through our partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), students will experience having their compositions workshopped regularly by professional musicians. Performance students can get involved with RLPO's In-Harmony project and students in receipt of our competitive performance scholarships and bursaries also have the chance to study under members of the orchestra. The Music Department also has major partnerships with The European Opera Centre, Milapfest (Indian Music and Dance), The Beatles Story, and the City's two cathedrals.
As a student at Liverpool Hope you will also have the opportunity to get involved with the department's flourishing musical life. As well as a vibrant, student-led Music Society which organises performances and social events throughout the year, students can get involved in performance through the lunchtime concert series and open-mic nights. There is also a wide range of ensemble performance opportunities including Liverpool Hope Choir, Liverpool Hope Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Voices of Hope, Hope Park Voices and University Concert Band (both based in Music Education at Hope Park), and the innovative