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Welcome week details for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Music.

All venues are in the Music Building, 31 Corbett Road.

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Tuesday 25 September

09:30-10:00Year 1 Welcome talk (compulsory - Joint Honours students to attend the welcome talk in their home School)Concert Hall
10:00-12:00Year 1 Information talks - opportunities and support for your degree and beyondConcert Hall
13:00-14:00Year 1 practical meeting (compulsory)Concert Hall
14:00-15:00Meet your Mentor (compulsory)Concert Hall

Wednesday 26 September

10:00-11:00 (Surnames A-M)
11:00-12:00 (Surnames N-Z)
Year 1 module selection advice, allocation of practical and personal tutors and seminar groups (compulsory)Large Lecture Theatre
13:00-14:00Year 2 and 3 drop-in advisory sessions (optional for any Yearr 2 and 3 students who require module/academic advice)Large Lecture Theatre
14:00-15:00Year 1 ‘Getting started' - meet the School Office, using your timetable, using the VLE, submitting assignments (compulsory)Concert Hall
See individual sign up schedulesSchool ensemble auditionsVarious

Thursday 27 September

10:00-11:30Erasmus students induction session (compulsory)Small Lecture Theatre
10:30-14:30Student Ensembles FairConcert Hall
15:00-16:00All new students Library Induction (compulsory)Concert Hall
See individual sign up schedulesSchool ensemble auditionsVarious

Friday 28 September

10:00-11:00Year 2 practical meeting (compulsory)Concert Hall
11:00-12:00Year 2 and 3 group meeting (compulsory)Concert Hall
12:00-13:00Year 3 practical meeting (compulsory)Concert Hall
14:00-15:00Year 1 Music subject talk (compulsory)Concert Hall
16:00-17:30All new students quiz/socialConcert Hall
See individual sign up schedulesSchool ensemble auditionsVarious

Fresher’s Week events are organised by the Student’s Union.

Monday 24 September

10:00-14:00Postgraduate welcome and information briefing talks - short lunch break at 12:00 (compulsory)Large Lecture Theatre
14:00-15:00Facilities tour (compulsory)Music Building Foyer

Tuesday 25 September

10:00-12:00MA in Music induction (compulsory)Large Lecture Theatre
13:00-14:00Pathway meetings (compulsory)Large Lecture Theatre
14:00-16:30Practical tutor allocation meetings (sign-up appointments, performance students)Large Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 26 September

10:00-12:00International students welcome and induction
(international students)
Boyd Lecture Theatre
14:00-16:00Introduction to UK music terminology and theory (international students)Boyd Lecture Theatre
See individual sign up schedulesSchool ensemble auditionsVarious

Thursday 27 September

10:00-15:00Module choices sign off (sign-up appointments, compulsory)Dr. S Hill office (37/1.14)
10:30-14:30Student ensembles fairConcert Hall
15:00-16:00Library induction (compulsory)Concert Hall
See individual sign up schedulesSchool ensemble auditionsVarious

Friday 28 September

All dayPersonal tutor meetings (sign-up appointments, compulsory)Staff offices
10:00-11:00Induction to PG StudioPG Studio
11:00-13:00Introduction to SibeliusMac Suite
16:00 onwardsAll new students quiz/socialConcert Hall
See individual sign up schedulesSchool ensemble auditionsVarious

Postgraduate Research inductions will be arranged individually.

Congratulations on securing a place to study at the School of Music. We look forward to meeting you in October and will contact you individually to arrange a programme induction meeting during the first week of October.

All students must enrol (register and pay fees, where appropriate) online. Our Registry team will contact you by email (or letter, where necessary), approximately three weeks prior to the start of your programme advising you that the online task is open and provide instructions on how to access the task via SIMS.

If you encounter any problems during the enrolment task, please contact us.

All new research students are also expected to attend the ‘Starting Out’ event run by the Doctoral Academy.  You'll need to book in advance for this event through the UGC booking webpage, which will be available from mid-September.

All new research students should also attend Doctoral Academy’s ‘Starting Out: Induction Event for New Researchers’. Once enrolled you will have access to book your place. Simply log-on and search for ‘Starting Out’, if you have any difficulties contact the .

Starting out: Induction event for new researchers

This event is an enjoyable opportunity to meet other doctoral students and begin to develop those important personal and professional networks. It provides an introduction to research at Cardiff University including rights, responsibilities and research integrity, the facilities and services offered by the University, the Doctoral Academy and presentations by existing students on starting and enjoying your research programme.

Importantly, the event will introduce the wider training and learning opportunities at Cardiff University and enable you to begin planning your skills and personal development. Starting Out is designed to complement, not duplicate, your School induction. The mid-year sessions include additional topics, as most Schools do not have in-house mid-year inductions.

By the end of this event you will have:

  • met many other new research students
  • gained a better understanding of the nature of the research degree
  • become familiar with relevant University regulations and systems
  • information to help you make the most of learning opportunities at The Doctoral Academy
  • developed awareness of many sources of help and support for your student experience
  • understood the importance of managing your personal and professional development.

Dates and times

  • Tuesday 2 October 2018, 10:00-15:45
  • Thursday 4 October 2018, 10:00-15:45
  • Tuesday 9 October 2018, 10:00 – 15:45
  • Tuesday 6 November 2018, 09:45-16:15
  • Thursday 17 January 2019, 09:45-16:15
  • Tuesday 9 April 2019, 09:45-16:15
  • Tuesday 10 July 2019, 09:45-16:15

Additional postgraduate welcome events

The Postgraduate Students’ Association, the Graduate Centre and the Students’ Union have organised two weeks of events running alongside the freshers' events so postgraduates (MA and doctoral students) can get to know each other.

Events are free to attend unless stated – however, you'll need to book tickets in advance tickets for all events (excluding the fayres), as spaces are limited. Event details and tickets will be available online in September.

During welcome fortnight, the Graduate Centre Bar is open Monday to Saturday 17:00-23:00. It’s a great place to meet new friends and socialise.

Ensemble auditions

The core ensembles run by the School of Music are, in most cases, open to students across the University.

Some groups require an audition. This is noted in the relevant group information with further instructions on how to audition. This is your only chance to audition for the present academic year.

We would encourage you to sign up early for the auditions, which will take place during our welcome week. Places in ensembles will be allocated in the first week of the academic year.

For more information about the ensembles and access to sign-up sheets, please take a look at our audition schedule.

School of Music ensemble audition schedule

School of Music ensemble audition schedule

15 August 2018

Details on how to audition for School of Music ensembles.