University of Sunderland Summer Program

Sunderland Music School


Music School

Join us at the Sage Gateshead - an international home for music and musical discover - for our Music programme which offers you an exciting and unique opportunity to engage with music and develop your musical skills. You will be able to join in and make music with our skilled tutors and world-class performers, fully experiencing music performance and participation in the landmark building of Sage Gateshead. Over three weeks you will focus on developing as a musician, while gaining a better understanding of different genres of music and what it means to be a musician working in the domains of performance and participation. You will work as a group to interpret and create music from the album, Song Reader, by Beck, which is available in sheet music format only! Musicians are encouraged to use artistic license to create new versions of the songs and you will have the chance to develop your skills on your chosen instrument(s) and voice, culminating in a performance of Song Reader in the stunning surroundings of Sage Gateshead's Hall 2. You will also have the opportunity to take part in taster sessions in a variety of music activities from across the Sage Gateshead's many areas of specialism, including steel pans, tuned and un-tuned percussion, gamelan, and many more. Some of our recent graduates will lead you through a song-writing workshop, so everyone will go away from the programme with a new song!

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Language of Instruction: English


ISEP Direct Summer for all ISEP member students    


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 15 University of Sunderland credits (3-4 US credits, ultimately determined by the host institution). Assessment will be in the form of a practical project and presentation.


Students must have completed at least one year of university-level study in any discipline.


I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.


Additional options are available for semester programs. See the Membership Directory for details.


July 5th through 26th 2014


May 1st, 2014




Students will be housed in single rooms in an on-campus residence hall. They will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with fellow students. Heating, electricity, bedding, and WiFi Internet access are included. Meals are not included, but fully equipped kitchens are available for students to use.



You will receive an orientation session to introduce you to the University and the City. This includes campus and City tours and an introduction to all of the services available at the University, helping you make the most of your stay.

Social Events

Included in the programme:
• a welcome meal so you can get to know your tutors and fellow students
• day trips to places such as York, Alnwick, Edinburgh and Durham
• evening activities such as a trip to the cinema, theatre or ten-pin bowling
• a farewell meal before saying goodbye to Sunderland and your new friends


Field trips are integrated as part of the programme curriculum and they are designed to provide you with ideas for your practical project. As part of your programme you will visit: Alnwick Castle, which dates from the 11th Century and also features as Hogwarts in Harry Potter; Beamish, a living museum. There may be other trips organised as part of the individual programmes, such as visits to art galleries or television studios.


The University of Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university with a growing reputation for teaching and research. The university has recently been named "The Best New University in England" for the quality, quantity, and range of its research. It has also been voted one of the top five campuses in the United Kingdom.


Sunderland is located in the Northeast of England, an area renowned for its history, culture, and beautiful countryside. Home to numerous abbeys, castles, stately homes, and a picture perfect coastline. Sunderland's rich and fascinating heritage offers a superb array of places of historical interest to visit and explore. Sunderland is the location of Washington Old Hall, the ancestral home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Sunderland is also known as the “City by the Sea” with a compact city center offering great shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.

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