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School of Music &

Performing Arts

         

BA (Hons) Music and

Combined/Creative Arts

Music

Welcome Week Handbook

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Welcome  to  Bath  Spa  University  and  the  School  of  Music  &  Performing  Arts  (MPA).    

 

This  booklet  will  tell  you  everything  you  need  to  know  about  how  to  get  started  as  a  BA  

Music/Combined  and  Creative  Arts  Music  student.  It  tells  you  about  the  practicalities  of  your  first  

week,  with  a  schedule  of  key  meetings  and  introductory  sessions.  By  the  end  of  the  week,  we  hope   that  you’ll  have  begun  to  feel  a  part  of  the  creative  community  that  is  the  School  of  Music  &   Performing  Arts.  

 

The  School’s  aim,  essentially,  is  to  provide  high  quality,  practice-­‐based  programmes  in  Acting,   Dance,  Drama,  Music  and  Theatre  Production  for  as  wide  a  range  of  talented  students  as  possible.      

The  School  currently  has  over  900  full-­‐time  students,  44  academic  staff,  more  than  80  visiting  staff   in  specialist  fields,  plus  technical  and  administrative  teams.  Our  facilities  include:  the  Michael   Tippett  Centre  concert  hall,  the  University  Theatre,  our  city  centre  venue  Burdall’s  Yard,  the  stately   home  of  Corsham  Court,  our  Theatre  Production  Centre  at  Ashman’s  Yard,  a  large  sprung  dance   studio,  a  semi-­‐sprung  gallery  studio,  several  performance  studios,  digital  recording  studios,   multimedia  labs,  practice  rooms  and  band  rooms,  plus  other  specialist  teaching  and  rehearsal   spaces.    

 

Performance  is  at  the  heart  of  what  we  do  and  our  calendar  is  a  busy  one.  Bath  Spa  Live  runs  a   high-­‐Professorile  performance  series  with  countless  opportunities  both  to  perform  and  to  see   internationally  renowned  musicians,  theatre  and  dance  companies.  See  www.BathSpaLive.com  for   more  details.  

 

We  consider  ourselves  –  staff  and  students  –  as  a  vibrant  community  of  artists  making  work,   inventing  new  forms,  reaching  new  audiences,  discovering  new  insights  and  making  new   connections.  I  look  forward  to  meeting  you  this  week.  

 

Joe Bennett

 

Professoressor  Joe  Bennett  

Dean  of  School  of  Music  &  Performing  Arts  

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BA  (Hons)  Music  at  Bath  Spa  University  

BA  Music  at  Bath  Spa  University  is  part  of  a  vibrant  School  of  Music  &  Performing  Arts.  There  is  an   exciting  and  creative  programme  of  student  performance  and  composition,  which  combines  with   our  Professoressional  concert  series  based  at  the  Michael  Tippett  Centre  and  at  Burdall’s  Yard  in   the  city  centre.  The  BA  Music  course  emphasises  creativity  through  performance  and  composition,   and   is   also   alive   to   the   constantly   changing   needs   of   the   job   market.   The   Music   team   is   keen   to   make  you  feel  involved  in  the  subject,  and  there  is  plenty  of  opportunity  for  formal  and  informal   contact  with  all  members  of  staff.  

 

Performance   opportunities   include   annual   staged   musical   theatre   and   opera   productions,   plus   a   range   of   ensembles   from   big   band   to   wind   band,   early   music   to   gamelan   ensemble,   as   well   as   several  choirs.  With  around  150  students  on  BA  Music,  and  30  students  taking  music  combined  with   another  subject,  we  are  large  enough  to  take  on  performance  projects  such  as  the  recent  British   premiere  of  Philip  Glass's  opera  ‘Satyagraha’  and  Brahms's  ‘German  Requiem,’  but  small  enough  to   have  a  real  sense  of  community,  helped  in  no  small  part  by  the  beautiful  campus  and  surroundings.      

This  year,  performances  to  look  forward  to  include  our  first  orchestral  and  wind  band  concert  at  the   end  of  October  with  Shostakovich’s  Fifth  Symphony;  choir  and  big  band  perform  Will  Todd’s  jazz   ‘Mass  in  Blue,’  in  early  November  at  St  George’s  Brandon  Hill  in  Bristol,  together  with  Gavin  Bryars’   ‘Jesus’  Blood  Never  Failed  Me  Yet,’  in  a  version  for  chorus  and  orchestra  which  will  include  all   students.  Our  opera  production  at  the  end  of  November  this  year  is  Offenbach’s  ‘Orpheus  in  the   Underworld.’  In  the  spring,  a  Morton  Feldman/American  New  Music  Project  will  take  place,  and   later  concerts  feature  film  music  and  orchestral  transcriptions.  There  are  also  numerous  jazz   evenings  through  the  year  at  Burdall’s  Yard  in  the  city  centre.  

 

MUSIC  TEAM  

Performance  and  Musicology  

Professoressor  Roger  Heaton  –  BA  Music  Subject  Leader   Dr  Matthew  Spring  

Dr  Charles  Wiffen  

Professoressor  Amanda  Bailey   Adam  Biggs  

Maria  Garcia  

 

Composition  

Professoressor  James  Saunders   Nick  Atkinson  

Professoressor  Joe  Duddell   Dr  Jeff  Boehm  

 

Music  Administration  

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    HELP!  

Any  member  of  staff  will  be  happy  to  help  with  any  queries  you  might  have.  However,  throughout   the  week,  the  Departmental  Administration  team  (Cath  and  Janis)  in  the  Michael  Tippett  Centre   Admin  Offices  (Department  of  Music  -­‐  Rooms  MT.G06  and  MT.G14)  will  always  be  available  to  help   answer  your  questions,  or  guide  you  to  the  right  place  and/or  person.  

 

COMBINED  AND  CREATIVE  ARTS  STUDENTS  TAKING  MUSIC  MODULES    

Please  join  the  BA  Music  students  in  as  many  of  the  activities  in  the  calendar  for  the  week  below  as   you  can.  Module  selection  will  be  done  online  via  The  Hub  and  you  should  do  this  by  the  end  of   Wednesday.  You  will  already  have  been  scheduled  for  any  compulsory  modules  in  your  two   subjects,  but  you  must  choose  the  additional  modules  you  want  to  take.  These  can  be  in  one  or   both  of  your  subjects.  You  can  find  out  more  about  modules  by  attending  the  subject  presentations   on  Monday  afternoon  or  Tuesday  morning  (if  any  of  your  sessions  clash).  

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Combined/Creative  Arts  Music

   

WELCOME  WEEK  

     

Monday  22

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 September  

What   Students   Staff   How  long   Where   When  

      Welcome   Session         BA  Music   students   Professor   Roger   Heaton  and   the  Music   Team   120   minutes   Michael  Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room  MT.G01)   11am  -­‐  1pm         Welcome  &   Subject   Session           Combined  and   BACA  students   taking  Music   modules   Professor   Roger   Heaton  and   the  Music   Team   45   minutes   Michael  Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room  MT.G01)   2pm  –   2.45pm        

Tuesday  23

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 September  

What   Students   Staff   Duration   Where   When  

  Welcome  &   Subject  Session           Combined  and   BACA  students   taking  Music   modules  –  FOR   THOSE  WHO   COULDN’T  MAKE   YESTERDAY’S   SESSION     Professor   Roger  Heaton   and  the  Music   Team   45   minutes         Michael   Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room   MT.G01)   10am  –   10.45am     Music  Workshop         All  Music   students  and   students  taking   Music  modules     Professor   Roger  Heaton   and  the  Music   Team   90   minutes     Michael   Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room   MT.G01)     11am  -­‐   12.30pm  

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BA  Music  and    

Combined/Creative  Arts  Music

   

 

   

 

Wednesday  24

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 September  

What   Students   Staff   Duration   Where   When  

 

BSU  Fresher’s   Fair  

 

 

All  BSU  Students       Students’   Union     240   minutes   (drop-­‐in)   Students’   Union   9.00am  –   1pm     Music   Workshop       All  Music   students  and   students  taking   Music  modules   Professor   Roger  Heaton   and  the  Music   Team   60   minutes     Michael   Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room   MT.G01)     11am  –   12pm     Lunchtime   Concert      

Open  to  all   BA  Music  Team   45  minutes     Michael   Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room   MT.G01)     1pm  -­‐   1.45pm     Introduction  to   Minerva  and   Online   Resources     All  Music   students  and   students  taking   Music  modules   Professor  

Roger  Heaton   60  minutes  

Michael   Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room   MT.G01)   2.30pm  -­‐   3.30pm   Singers  –   Auditions  for  

Chamber  Choir   Singers  

Dr  Matthew   Spring   90  minutes     Michael   Tippett   Centre   (Room   MT.101  -­‐   upstairs  in   the  Gallery)     3.30pm  –   5pm     BSU  Student   Dyslexia   Screening    

All  BSU  Students   Student   Support  

180   minutes   (drop-­‐in)  

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BA  Music  and    

Combined/Creative  Arts  Music

   

WELCOME  WEEK  

 

Thursday  25

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 September  

 

What   Students   Staff   Duration   Where   When  

  Music   Workshop         All  Music   students  and   students  taking   music  modules       BA  Music   Team   90  minutes     Michael  Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room  MT.G01)   11am  -­‐ 12.30pm       Lunchtime   Concert      

Open  to  all  

    BA  Music   Team   45  minutes     Michael  Tippett   Centre   Auditorium   (Room  MT.G01)   1pm  –   1.45pm   Introduction   to  Music   Technology      

All  BA  Music   students  and   students  taking   Creative  Forum  1   Composition     Nick  Atkinson   and  Jon   Savage   120   minutes   Twiverton   Building  (Room   TN.115/TN.116)   2pm  –  4pm   Second  Study   Auditions     All  Music   students  taking   the  Performance   module  who   would  like  second   study  lessons    

Professor  

Roger  Heaton   120  minutes  

Michael  Tippett   Centre    

(Room  MT.101  -­‐   upstairs  in  the   Gallery)  

4pm  –  6pm  

     

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BA  Music  and    

Combined/Creative  Arts  Music

   

WELCOME  WEEK  

 

Friday  26

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 September  

What   Students   Staff   Duration   Where   When  

    Music   Workshop       All  Music   students  and   students  taking   Music  modules   BA  Music   Team   90  Minutes     Michael   Tippett  Centre   Auditorium   (Room   MT.G01)   11am  -­‐ 12.30pm       Lunchtime   Concert      

Open  to  all  

    BA  Music   Team   45  Minutes     Michael   Tippett  Centre   Auditorium   (Room   MT.G01)   1pm  -­‐   1.45pm     Orchestral   Auditions     Instrumentalists   (excluding   pianists)       Professor  

Roger  Heaton   120  minutes     Michael   Tippett  Centre     (Room  MT.101   -­‐  upstairs  in   the  Gallery)     2pm  –  4pm       Party  (with   music  and   beer)       All  Music   students         BA  Music   Team   TBC     Michael   Tippett  Centre   Auditorium  &   Gallery  (Room   MT.G01  &   Room   MT.G30)     4pm  –  8pm          

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