Category: Music

Music composition workshop

Join OCA tutor Chris Lawry and saxophonist, composer and publisher Keri Degg on Saturday 29 July 2017 for a composition workshop at MAC Birmingham. The day will consist of advice and discussion on writing for saxophone and getting pieces published and will feature performances and feedback of student compositions.

Jargon or jargoff?

– an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

Confessions of an art student: Part 4

Recently I was contemplating the distinction between origin and originality. I was reading Re-writing the Self by Mark Freeman at the time I was reviewing contemporary artist research for Major Project and how they influenced my own work. I was horrified. What I took to be my own work, the product of commitment to a process with no predetermined fixed point or predicted outcome, resulted in pieces that were strikingly similar to those out there in the world.

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.

Reading Proust By Kindle

Last week I bumped into myself near Oxford Circus. Well, not me exactly but a slightly older and much cooler version of my teenage self: strap-hanging in the rush hour with one finger tucked into the first few pages of Proust and with his thumb in the Appendix.

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.

The question of development

The OCA course material and the assessment criteria ask and are looking for developed student work. But what does this mean? Frequently in student feedback I am drawing students attention to the concept of development. As a textiles tutor I…