Department of Music

Study in specialist facilities and access equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At Sussex, whenever you want to study, you can access what you need, when you need it. Browse our facilities below:

MFM Resource Centre

Music Library

You have access to a Music Library with 2,700 music scores and 100 music CDs and DVDs.

Our resources library also has a collection of more than 5,000 feature films, documentaries, and television programmes. 

Student working in the Music Mac LabMac Music Lab

You will work in a dedicated lab for Music students which has Mac Pro computers for audio and visual processing.

Each computer has Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton, Sibelius, Final Cut Pro, Peak Pro, Max/MSP, Pure Data, Supercollider, and specialist applications supplied by IRCAM (including AudioSculpt and Open Music).

Jonathan Harvey Music StudioJonathan Harvey Electronic Music Studio

You have access to a control room with connections to two live rooms.

At the centre of the studio is an SSL mixing desk, with outboard microphone pre-amps and compressors (Neve, Focusrite, Drawmer) and effects units (Lexicon, Fireworx etc). 

Students in a music practice roomPractice rooms

We have five practice rooms with acoustic pianos and composer workstations including Doepfer, Moog and Korg synthesisers.

We also have a practice room with PA, drum kits, backline and a studio control room.

Student playing the keyboard in the recital roomDavid Osmond-Smith Recital Room

Our recital room has a Steinway grand piano, full backline, lights, HD projector and music software.

Music in the Meeting HouseThe Meeting House

You can also use the facilities at the Meeting House. 

It houses two grand pianos - a Steinway and a Kawai, as well as a bespoke Grant, Degens and Rippin pipe organ.

Attenborough Centre for the Creative ArtsAttenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

The refurbished Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts reopened in Spring 2016.

The building houses a state-of-the-art audiotorium, gallery and display areas, designed for art and audio visual installations. There are also rehearsal studios, creativity spaces, a cafe and bar.

Katherine's student perspective

'The facilities the course offers were a big part of why I chose this course. With two recording studios, multiple practice rooms and mac rooms the opportunity to borrow all sorts of instruments and technology, as well as being able to go to the studios and practice rooms whenever you want is a big help in having freedom to discover and learn in a practical way.'

Katherine Kenward
Music Technology BA