The study of music at Oxford involves a rich process of harmonising a broad range of musical interests and activities. Whether one performs, composes, or analyses music, or engages with its history, we seek a critical engagement with music and its materials in which ideas and culture are as important as the notes on the page.
At Magdalen we aim to produce ‘thinking musicians’ who can make music and interpret it with depth, knowledge and authority, never neglecting its intuitive and creative sides. Our students go on to music conservatoires here and abroad, to postgraduate university courses in musicology or composition, or to teaching jobs in the private or state sectors. Some even decide to pursue other fields of professional endeavour, undertaking conversion courses in law and medicine.
Academic and Performance scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduates at the end of their first year. Academic awards are restricted to those reading Music; Music Scholarships are open to all undergraduates.
Magdalen has two Tutorial Fellows in Music and a Stipendiary Lecturer. There is superb attention to the needs of individual students and special support is available to attend courses in vacations. Most tutorials are based at Magdalen or in exchange arrangements with leading specialist tutors in other colleges. We admit up to six music undergraduates each year, including the academical clerks and organ scholars who study music.