School of Arts

The blog of the School of Arts at the University of Surrey

The School of Arts holds Learning and Teaching development event

The School of Arts held its fourth biannual Learning and Teaching event on 18 September 2015, following previous forums in January 2015, September 2014, and January 2014. The half-day event crystallised around two discussion workshops designed to enable the sharing of best practices across the School. The first considered current School policy in relation to teaching, while the […]

Distant Harmony

Here’s the first in a long series of data sonification experiments. This Hidden Music series is a long term interest/project/passion of mine, which involves the systematic translation of ‘non-musical’ data into music. Here’s a simple example, the orbital periods of the planets of the solar system translated into pitch and rhythm. The rhythms are simply […]

National Student Survey 2015: 95% satisfaction for the School of Arts, Dance at no.1 nationally, Music at no.2

The School of Arts at the University of Surrey is celebrating excellent results in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), including a score of 95% for overall satisfaction, with Dance and Music reaching no.1 and no.2 in the national subject rankings, respectively. The School made gains in every one of the survey’s 22 questions, including a score […]


Dr. Antje Hildebrandt, Teaching Fellow (Dance), visited Jiangnan University Dance Department, in Wuxi, China from 29th June to 3rd July 2015. As a part of her visit, Antje gave a presentation to University staff and students and a series of creative workshops to second year dance students. The presentation looked at the topic of Conceptual Dance in Britain […]

A Painful Lesson in Sampling Rates

An audio sampling rate is the frequency at which an audio signal has been captured. You can think of it like the frame rate in movies, capturing a series of photographs from which a seemingly smooth film can be generated. The sampling rate for CDs is 44.1kHz (that’s 44,100 samples per second between you and […]

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