The teaching and research of the Music Department featured prominently at FASS-Forward, a day-long celebration held at the Milton Keynes campus on 5 July. The event was simultaneously a launch event for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and a first birthday celebration: the new Faculty, the largest of its kind in any European university, came into being in July 2016. Guests included the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, senior managers, and academic colleagues from across the whole of The Open University.
Music was singled out both in the overview of the Faculty’s work by its Executive Dean, Ian Fribbance, and in the speech given by the Vice Chancellor, Peter Horrocks. The Vice Chancellor, who referred to FASS as “the moral heart of The Open University”, particularly praised the life-changing learning captured in this video of the Residential School for the Certificate The Practice of Music Making, the Department’s curriculum collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
During FASS-Forward, a display of research publications from the Department was curated by Martin Clarke. Ben Winters demonstrated the innovative teaching of film music in the module A342: Central Questions in the Study of Music. Robert Samuels was joined by Aleks Szram and Dario van Gammeren of Trinity Laban Conservatoire to tell guests more about our collaborative partnership.