I am sorry to announce that Douglas Seville, passed away recently after a brief illness. Douglas joined the OCA as a music tutor in 1997.
The New Music Collective met at Iklectik in London on 17 March, for a study day based on collaboration. A month before the event, the students were asked to work in pairs to produce new work to be presented on the day. Each student had to take part in the project both as a performer and composer, but they were able to choose how whether to write together or separately.
OCASA has generously agreed to fund a small number of bursaries to enable OCA students to attend this year’s rarescale Summer School at Harlaxton Manor.
The course is an intensive week of creative music making, composition and collaboration, under the guidance of composer Michael Oliva (professor of composition at the Royal College of Music in London) and Carla Rees, OCA’s music programme leader.
The New Music Collective will meet again on 17 March 2018 at Iklectik Art Lab, in London. Following on from our work on group composition, individual performance and improvisation, the theme of this meeting is collaboration
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’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.
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.
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.
I am delighted to announce that the writing of the Level 4 Stylistic Techniques course is underway. The new course combines composition with music history by exploring the main compositional styles of each era through case study works by key composers.
On 11 June, I took a group of enthusiastic OCA students to a Gamelan workshop at the South Bank Centre in London. This was a hands-on workshop, where we were able to try the instruments and rehearse a piece of music…
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.
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