Author: Carla

Introducing Dorico – the Future of Music Notation Software?

OCA music students are required to submit digital versions of their scores for assessment, and a proportion of the marks are given for the quality of typesetting and presentation of notation. It is important that the assessors are experienced in the choice of software used, allowing them to judge the student’s original work and to recognise how much of the presentation is automatically generated within the program.

Emma Arandjelovic

Emma’s composition 1 submission was outstanding, and serves as an excellent example of what can be achieved within the brief for each assignment. While her work had a consistency of quality throughout, the counterpoint exercise at Assignment 4 was particularly worthy of note.

rarescale Summer School

Once again, the Open College of the Arts are offering subsidised places to attend rarescale’s composition summer school. This residential week takes place at Harlaxton Manor near Grantham, Lincolnshire from 31 July to 5 August, with tutors Carla Rees and Michael Oliva.

New music collective

We are excited to announce the formation of the Open College of the Arts New Music Collective, which is open to all OCA students, irrespective of subject specialism. The aim of the group is to connect composition and performance, through practical experience of playing new music, including student works, improvisation and exploring well-known contemporary works.

Composing and winged horses

As an OCA tutor, one of the most fascinating parts of my job is reading through Learning Logs and seeing how different people approach the various challenges and concepts that the courses present. I have always felt that teaching is a two-way process, and that a good teacher can learn from their students, especially in terms of seeing things from different perspectives.

Music Study Visits 2015-16

We are excited to be able to announce a varied programme of music study visits for this academic year. These events are ideal for broadening your range of musical experience, as well as meeting fellow students and tutors


OCA’s Music Programme Leader, Carla Rees, reflects on the recent summer school which some OCA students attended. Read their thoughts on the event and listen to the music made.

Composition Summer School and Composer’s Retreat

The OCA has once again teamed up with leading contemporary music ensemble, rarescale, to provide subsidised places on a composition summer school and composers’ retreat this summer. This opportunity is open to ALL OCA registered students, irrespective of the course of study, and may be suitable for Creative Arts students.