The music faculty in Oxford is small but distinguished, and includes the Bate Collection of rare instruments. The University and city have numerous concert venues and everything from grand opera to solo recitals may be heard, though vocal, chamber, and early music are particularly well represented. Instruction in performance is not offered as part of the University's academic course, but musicians are advised to bring their instruments with them and join one of the many ensembles. Wycliffe Hall has a piano and organ which may be used for practice (subject to their use for other Hall events). SCIO will try to help students of large instruments (harp, double bass etc) to hire or borrow instruments, and to help students find practice space, but cannot guarantee to do so. It is intended that musicians use their time at Oxford primarily as a time to further their studies in the intellectual rather than practical side of music.
- Musical Analysis and Criticism
- Musical Thought and Scholarship
- Techniques of composition
- Topics in Music History Before 1750
- Topics in Music History After 1750