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The Music course at Oxford is designed to cover a broad range of musical history, analysis, performance and to enable all students to acquire a certain skill in traditional techniques of composition.

An undergraduate may choose to specialise in a particular period of musical history, or a traditional style of composition at a more advanced level. In addition there are such options available as orchestration, analysis, composition, the writing of a research paper, and solo performance, and a whole range of special subjects including Eastern or Western chant, musical literature, instruments, jazz, electronic music and acoustics.

The course is taught through the traditional medium of tutorials and lectures. Instrumental tuition can be provided as part of the course, and the College is able to encourage and advise in this respect.

For further information about Music at Oxford, see the Faculty of Music websites and the Music page on the Oxford University website.

Yearly Intake

At Keble: 2
At the Faculty: 72

Past Admissions Feedback

Every year tutors prepare detailed feedback about the admissions process.
Links to the text from the last round can be found below.

Feedback 2021 (pdf)
Feedback 2021 (University) (pdf)
Feedback 2020 (pdf)
Feedback 2019 (pdf)

The Course at Keble

The large Chapel is a focus for much of the College’s musical life, in which the Chapel Choir plays a primary role. The Music Society regularly arranges recitals and chamber and orchestral concerts, most of them given by undergraduates. The annual Keble Early Music Festival is also a fixture; in 2019 it featured a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers (1610) with the College Choir, the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and a distinguished lineup of soloists, and for 2020’s closing concert the Choir and soloists were joined by the Academy of Ancient Music for Bach’s St John Passion. The College has a Music Room and two additional spaces with pianos that can be booked for private practice or rehearsals. Keble has much to offer as a framework for musical activity of all kinds; much of it organised by the undergraduates themselves.

Keble Music Department

Keble’s Music Department comprises Director of Music Paul Brough, Director of Studies Dr Benjamin Skipp, and Music Administrator Pippa Thynne.