Visiting Students are offered selected core topics in music analysis, music history, theory and philosophy, performance and compositional techniques. Across all courses we encourage students to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music(s) and critical issues. How, for example, might we interpret music in relation to broader aesthetic and cultural-historical trends? What does music tell us about the context in which it was conceived? And how might we engage with music as a lens through which to understand the human condition? In addressing these questions, our approach is guided by a desire to challenge received ideas about music history and to open up wider discussion about neglected figures, musical cultures, and repertoires. 

Further details of the vibrant musical scene at LMH, both academically and in terms of performance opportunities, can be found here

Range of courses


*Tutorials can be offered in any of these topics, in any term and any year.


Philosophy of Music

Musical Thought and Scholarship

Music Theory

Musical Analysis and Criticism


Techniques of Composition

Composition Portfolio


Performance Workshop (any instrument; any period from Baroque to contemporary classical music)

Topics II

Vernacular Song in the Long 13th Century 

Polyphony and Polemic in a Fractured Europe, c. 1500-1650 

18th Century Opera

Topics III

Women in Popular Music 

History and Philosophy of Music Education 

History of Electronic Music

The String Quartet Between Classicism & Modernism


**The following courses are offered through lectures (not tutorials) in different terms every year; and some are offered in alternating years. Subject to availability. 

Courses available in 2022-23:

Beethoven: Between History and Myth

Music and Gender in Britain, 1830-1930

Cultural Evolution of Music

Art Decade: Rock Musics of the 1970s

The Trouvères 

Advice on written work to be submitted

Two pieces of written work should be submitted with your application.  Essay work should be presented to a high standard of literacy and of scholarly quality. Compositional work should be presented to professional standards of musical literacy and high level of technical competence.   


Prof Gascia Ozounian (Fellow and Associate Professor of Music)

Dr Jonathan Packham (Stipendiary Lecturer in Music)