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Music Education MA: Facilities

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Music facilitiesMusic courses at Kingston University are designed to provide a mixture of practical, theoretical and academic learning, with the main focus being on creativity through composition or performance.

We are not genre specific – you will study a broad range of music, including classical, a range of popular genres and cutting-edge music of all types.

Our proximity to London means that, alongside Kingston's excellent facilities, you can also benefit from easy access to the capital's musical resources.

The Coombehurst complex

Coombehurst facilitiesAs a music student, your studies will be based in the Coombehurst complex, located in the leafy parkland of our Kingston Hill campus.

Coombehurst House, Court, Studio and Lodge provide a range of teaching and professional studio facilities and practice rooms.

There are five recording studios, a computer suite with iMac workstations, audio and video editing facilities, and band rehearsal rooms.

Coombehurst studio has been the venue for many professional recordings. It has a 300m2 recording space and two control rooms, and is equipped with an eight-channel sound diffusion system.

Find out more about Coombehurst House in the virtual tour.

Instrument collection

The department owns an extensive collection of instruments, including around 30 pianos, a harpsichord, stage pianos, drumkits and orchestral and classroom instruments. We also have a double-size javanese gamelan and a set of djembe drums.

Loans system

We operate an online loans system that allows students to book out a wide range of recording and performing equipment and instruments. Room bookings can also be made through this system, and the studios can be used 24 hours a day.

Music making at Kingston

Practical music making has always been a key feature of life at Kingston, and the department supports a wide range of performing activities. We promote around 50 concerts and gigs a year, from choirs and orchestra, to world music ensembles and big band, as well as a host of smaller groups and bands. Venues include local halls, clubs and churches, as well as our own studio and the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Music in the library

The Nightingale Centre (learning resources centre) on the Kingston Hill campus is home to the music library, which holds an extensive collection of books, anthologies, scores, sheet music, periodicals, and audio and video recordings. The University also subscribes to an excellent range of e-resources for music, including Grove Music Online, RILM and the Naxos online recordings catalogue, which are accessible from any university workstation.

Graduate Centre

You can also use the dedicated Graduate Centre on campus. This includes:

  • IT facilities;
  • seminar rooms; and
  • social spaces and a canteen.

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