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New music course coming soon: Stylistic techniques

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.

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Study visit review: Gamelan at the South Bank Centre, London

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…

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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.

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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

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rarescale

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.

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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.

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A life changing moment, a new website and a competition for composers!

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   For the last few years, I’ve been working on a PhD at the Royal College of Music. My research has been practice-based and has focused around Kingma System alto and bass flutes, their technical capabilities and […]

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8 Ways to Broaden Your Musical Horizons

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   It’s probably far enough into the New Year now for some of our good intentions and resolutions to have fallen by the wayside.  It is exactly at this point, then, that we should remember that we […]

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Devices and Desires: A transatlantic collaboration

Regular readers of my blog posts will know that collaboration is at the centre of my musical life, and one recent project seemed to provide an interesting (and perhaps unusual) case study. Scott Miller is a composer and electronics performer based in St Cloud, Minneapolis. Like most of the composers I work with, I first made […]

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