The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) is the largest part of the School of Arts and Cultures. The study of music is intellectually challenging and physically demanding. A well-educated student of music is therefore, more than anything, both an agile thinker and an accomplished practical musician.
Students at ICMuS are trained to deal with a range of musical repertoires (classical, early, popular, folk and traditional, contemporary, avant-garde and jazz) from a range of perspectives. We have the highest standards of teaching in both our academic and practical courses and you will be taught by staff who are world leaders in their fields.
The Centre's excellent teaching has been recently recognised in a 'Top Ten course in the UK' award for Music ranked by The Times Good University Guide.
The Hub is an online resource open to all Newcastle University students to post music, video, visual art and blogs relating to arts & cultures. While some contributors are obliged to use it for particular undergraduate music modules, the site is also used by musicians, artists and writers from across the School of Arts & Cultures and across the complete range of academic stages from first years to PhDs and staff. The Hub community is committed to a non-hierarchical ethos that is both reflexively critical and mutually supportive.
[Date Posted 09/03/2013]
John Renbourn is holding a guitar workshop for Newcastle University music students in the Music Studios on Thursday 12th March.
An internationally-acclaimed instrumentalist with a career spanning six decades, his most recent album Palermo Snow 'is still breaking down barriers....Renbourn is fascinated by a wide range of styles, and his playing and range are as remarkable as ever.' (Robin Deslow, The Guardian, 24th Feb 2011)
[Date Posted 27/02/2013]
Paul Fleet is giving a lecture to Masters students at the Paris Est Marne la Vallée University on 25th March 2013. He will be presenting a paper on Time-Conscisousness in Music at the Turn of the Twentieth Century and with particular reference to the musics of Ferruccio Busoni, Carl Nielsen and Percy Grainger.
[Date Posted 31/01/2013]
Kathryn Tickell, one of the key members of staff in ICMuS wins BBC Folk Musician of the Year Award 2013! Congratulations Kathryn.
For more information see Kathryn Tickell's website.
AND, one of our most successful graduates from the BMus in Folk and Traditional Music Emily Portman, won best original song for 'Hatchlings', more information available at:
Hear the song on Emily's site too.
Congratulations also to the band Bellowhead won the best album prize for their album 'Broadside'. Rachael McShane, the band's cellist, singer and fiddle player is a graduate of the folk music degree. Her bandmate, Paul Sartin, who plays instruments including the fiddle, oboe and slide whistle, studied for a Masters degree in music at Newcastle.