OU Music Welcomes Dr Laura Hamer

OU Music is delighted to welcome Dr Laura Hamer to the position of Staff Tutor in Music. Dr Hamer is a cultural musicologist specialising in women in music, encompassing both classical and popular traditions. She studied music at the universities of Oxford, Cardiff, and the Université de Paris IV (La Sorbonne). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Hamer has previously worked at the Open University as both a lecturer and an AL. Between 2012 and 2017 she worked for Liverpool Hope University, including four years as Head of Music. At Liverpool Hope she led on redesigning the undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision, and acted as course leader for both the BA and MA programmes in music. She has also taught music at Cardiff University, Rose Bruford College, and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. She served on the Central Committee of the National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE) between January 2014 and December 2016.

Hamer has published articles and book chapters on a wide range of female musicians, including composers, songwriters, conductors, and all-woman orchestras, and also on Olivier Messiaen, Gerard Manley Hopkins, reception and criticism studies, and digital musicology. Her monograph, Female Composers, Conductors, Performers: Musiciennes of Interwar France, 1919-1939, was published by Routledge in 2018. She is also editor of The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She is currently working on a joint research project which investigates the Liverpool-based dance-band leader Mary Daly Hamer (no relation) with her Liverpool Hope colleague, Dr Mike Brocken.

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What Music Will You Study on the New OU Music BA? Video 8

This week, our series on the new OU Music BA features Dr Byron Dueck discussing clapping games, dance music, and the role these play in A342, Central Questions in the Study of Music.

 

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Studying music at the OU – a student’s story

Have you ever wondered how you can study for a music degree part-time and at a distance? It may not even have occurred to you that you can. In this video, teacher Gareth Hand explains his educational journey with us, and responds to the news that the OU now offers a BA music degree:

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New book of essays on The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920

March saw the publication of a volume of essays edited by Music Department Senior Lecturer Rosemary Golding, focused on the history of the music profession in nineteenth-century Britain. The essays are drawn from a wide range of scholars including the department’s own Martin V. Clarke, Helen Barlow and David Rowland. The ten chapters include topics as diverse as female musicians, composers and publishers, the music hall, military music, music teaching and church musicians. Themes such as gender, class and accreditation are addressed across the chapters. Throughout, the authors consider the ways in which musicians and other sectors of the music profession negotiated working practices and spaces in rapidly changing environments. For further details see https://www.routledge.com/The-Music-Profession-in-Britain-1780-1920-New-Perspectives-on-Status/Golding/p/book/9781138291867

 

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What Music Will You Study on the New OU Music BA? Video 7

This week, our series on the new OU Music BA features Professor David Rowland discussing some of the problems editors face in preparing editions of Chopin’s piano music – just one of the subjects you’ll explore in A342, Central Questions in the Study of Music.

 

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What Music Will You Study on the New OU Music BA? Video 6

This week, our series on the new OU Music BA features Dr Martin Clarke discussing (and playing!) Franz Schubert’s ‘Ständchen’, one of the pieces you’ll study on A224: Inside Music.

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What Music Will You Study on the New OU Music BA? Video 5

This week, our series on the new OU Music BA features Dr Ben Winters discussing the music John Williams composed for Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind – just some of the music you’ll explore in A342: Central Questions in the Study of Music.

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10 reasons to apply for CPMM

The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making is a one-year programme developed by Trinity Laban in partnership with the Open University. It offers adults with a passion for music the opportunity to develop their practical music making and performance skills. Here are our top ten reasons to apply:

1. Innovative blended learning

Designed in partnership with the Open University, Trinity Laban’s The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making offers all music-makers an accessible opportunity to develop their practical and performance skills whilst gaining a qualification with a world-leading creative conservatoire.

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2. All music-makers welcome

The Certificate is perfect for amateur musicians of any genre and instrument. It’s suited for those who make music regularly with others in any type of genre or setting, from amateur orchestra players, DJs, Samba drummers to folk musicians.

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3. A new approach to Practice and Performance

Feel unconfident to perform or rehearse in a group? Struggling to have meaningful practice? The Certificate can help you to increase your understanding of your own music-making and explore the musical ideas and practice employed by a range of musicians. This learning can be applied to your performance, practice and rehearsal in your own setting, whatever that may be.

4. No audition necessary

You don’t need to audition to gain a place on the programme; it’s all about how you engage with new musical ideas rather than your technical or performance ability.tk_10418_137_final

5. A world-class teaching team

The Certificate brings together a diverse range of tutors from Trinity Laban and the Open University to support you in your studies, practice and music-making, along with opportunities to engage with established musicians working in a variety of genres.

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6. Bitesize learning

The course is designed to enable you to fit study within your life. The programme consists of a mix of online tutorials, listening, video, reflective journals and short assignments with around 16-18 hours study per week recommended.

7. An Easter Residential in Greenwich

Students take part in an inspiring week-long Residential at Trinity Laban’s World Heritage Site home. Meet your fellow students in person to make music, take part in practical workshops, discussion groups and masterclasses, all culminating in a celebratory open sharing performance.

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8. Gain a qualification from a world-leading conservatoire

Gain a Level 6 standalone Higher Education qualification certificate, or if you are enrolled with the Open University, transfer 60 credits at OU Level 3 towards your degree or further study.

9. International applicants welcome

We welcome applications from all over the world, as long as you can attend the Easter Residential. Fees are consistent for all students.

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10. Be part of a vibrant musical community

The supportive atmosphere within the student cohort really aids the development of your music-making. The virtual learning environment supports open discussion and fascinating debate and is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals.

To find out more about CPMM and to apply, visit trinitylaban.ac.uk/cpmm or email the programme team: admincpmm@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

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The OAE performs film music

The OU’s partner orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be performing the 1926 silent film version of Richard Strauss’s 1911 opera Der Rosenkavalier in London on Thursday 17 May, and in Bristol on Friday 18 May.

Student tickets are available for £5.

In this short video, OU senior lecturer Ben Winters talks a little about the purpose and challenge of silent-film accompaniment:

You can study music for film as part of A342: Central Questions in the Study of Music, part of our new Music BA degree.

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What Music Will You Study on the New OU Music BA? Video 4

This week, our series on the new OU Music BA features Dr Naomi Barker discussing Hugh Masekela’s ‘Soweto Blues’, one of the pieces you’ll study at Level 1 on the BA.

 

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