Which university for brass?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by lausonbass, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. lausonbass

    lausonbass Member

    I have decided after all this time that i want to go to university to study music. But which university? I figure i should go up north cos thats where banding at. I'm struggling to find 6 to put on my ucas form.

    Does anyone have any opinions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. hornplaya89

    hornplaya89 Member

    I go to Leeds uni which has an ace brass band, despite it being unauditioned
    it's also surrounded by plenty of other banding areas!
  3. Liamhorn

    Liamhorn Member

    Ive heard cardiffs good.
  4. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Manchester if you want a load of good quality bands in the local area to choose from.
    Salford, of course.
    Bristol used to have a good reputation.
  5. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    RNCM or Huddersfield, well that's what i want to be able to choose from
  6. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

    Yeh, Leeds Uni rules!! I remember the first time I ever played a Championship section test piece at a concert was with the uni brass band.

    I think it also depends if you want to do a BA or a BMus - as in do you want to concentrate mainly on playing, or on history/theory/composing etc. Look VERY carefully at the course content. I didn't, and ended up having to do a compulsory 20 credits on bloomin' opera EVERY year!
  7. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    i would definatly put huddersfield there, i went there plenty of music ensembles to choose from, your encouraged to set up your own and loads of different modules to choose from in 2nd and 3rd year, plus top class performance tutors!
  8. stotty74

    stotty74 Member

    I've had experience both at Huddersfield and (currently) Salford. Both are very good, but i prefer Salford. I would recommend you try as many as possible to see where you like, as you don't want to go somewhere and not enjoy it.

    Salford and Hudds both have excellent tutors and bands, and you get loads of playing experience at both. Despite what people think aswell, Salford uni is not purely band based aswell. It gives you a good grounding in all sorts of music, and the choices abailable in 2nd and 3rd year are excellent. You can specialise in band-based topics if you want aswell, but it's important to know that's not all there is.

    Have a look at Leeds aswell, but i've no personal experience of that course, except that it's based in the city which has the greatest football team in the world;-)
  9. hanhorn

    hanhorn New Member

    I go to Durham. There is the uni brass band which I play in and you don't have to audition. There are also local bands in the area, although you'd probably have to get the bus to most of them unless you know someone who could give you a lift.
    Durham, Warwick and Leeds uni brass bands have, for the past few years, done a joint concert together. This year Warwick and Leeds travelled up to Durham for the weekend and I think next year we're all going to Leeds.
    Hope this helps
  10. hornplaya89

    hornplaya89 Member

    I probably sat with you in that concert then han!
  11. grausue

    grausue Member

    Come to Lincoln University! You don't say what you want to study, but I can almost guarantee you a position in Foss Dyke, Midlands 1st Section. Oh, and I'm a lecturer in Lincoln too, so not biased.
  12. Angoose

    Angoose Member

    RNCM I'd say for brass bands. They do whit friday and loads of other stuff
  13. grausue

    grausue Member


    You did say you wanted to study music! Sorry, no idea how I missed it. Doh! :oops:
  14. lilcornetgirl

    lilcornetgirl Member

    Salford Huddersfield were my top 2 choices for music lol xoxo
  15. emziesonic

    emziesonic Member

    Salford or RNCM.
    Both have good reputations with brass bands.
  16. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    IMHO the most imporant thing is that the course is right for you...are you looking to do B/Mus or BA or B/ed.

    What do you wish to do post Uni?

    answer these as they apply to you and everything else will fallinto place around it, there are plenty of bands around the country, and you will expand your musical knowledge & experience.
  17. Rach_Horn

    Rach_Horn Member

    Salford. I have just graduated from here and can highly recommend it!

    It has a great reputation within bands with lots of 'top' players having graduated from here and is still as good today. It is a 3 year course and although in the 1st year you do a bit of everything in years two and three there are loads of options depending on where your strengths are. In third year i personally chose dissertation and arts administration for my elective subjects which gave me the chance to work outside of the Uni but do a report on my placement and get a mark from my placement too. Also in third year i chose core performance which is 1 out of 3 recitals but a few of my friends chose elective performance where they did 3 recitals . You can also choose composition or arranging in third year and you get Peter Graham as your tutor!

    The uni has two brass bands ( the main Uni band and also adelphi band) also there is a uni ten piece band which is made up mostly or 3rd year students .. this is used for engagements in and out the uni and at the graduation ceremonies each year. The uni also has a great big band, a wind band and a choir!

    You get a instrumental lesson each week and the are fantastic..sheona white, stuart lingard .. brian taylor etc...

    The people are v v friendly at salford too and everyone (esp the 'banders') mix together loads from the 3 different years.. great social side to the course also :)

    So yeah... Salford all the way!!
  18. lausonbass

    lausonbass Member

    I want to study music, sorry forgot to mention that. so far i'm looking at huddersfield (i know loads of people who's been there) Salford (i've heard is good) and University of leeds (also heard is good). Would love to go to RNCM but don't think i'd get in.

    Does anyone know how many places get offered to different instruments? for instance a i'm a Eb bass player, would there only be one place per year on offer??

    I also like the idea of being able to perform in the last year rather than hving to write a dissertation.

    As for after university, i don't really care, i'll be a mature student anyway but want to go for the experience of studying music. i think about music all day everyday so i know that working at an outdoor pursuits centre (which is what i do now) isn't where i want to be.
  19. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    They took 4 tubas last year, and generally it's quite a sought after instrument, especially at the RNCM, no harm in auditioning?!
  20. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    I dont think theres a se amount that they take each year at huddersfield, think it just depends on your audition/interview.

    In third year you have the option of either performance major (you would not have to do a dissertation as well, instead you can opt for other modules and if u want can do a research project which is half a dissertation which is what i did), Musicology module (which is the dissertation) or Composition module, which again you would not have to do a dissertation with. Other modules include, Improvisation, composition B, musicoloy B and Permormance B (depending what you major in), scoring and arranging for brass band, conducting, directed ensembles. Also with musicology you can pick from classical, romantic, renaissance, baroque and 20th century.

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