Welcome to the Department of Music


We are a leading department for teaching and research in Music focusing on the integration of practical music with rigorous scholarship.

York offers a superb choice of ensembles and opportunities. We provide a bursary for all undergraduate students in support of instrumental or vocal studies, and you can take part in music from medieval to contemporary in a wide variety of genres and styles.

Our teaching is detailed and supportive, winning recent awards for excellence on campus. We have an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are committed to helping you hone your employable skills and musical vision.

We strive to make a difference within the musical world today, and York alumni are employed in key positions throughout the music, broadcast and education sectors. Take a look at our news archive and you’ll find that our students are distinctive within an increasingly competitive environment.

Welcome to our friendly and internationally respected department.  Have a look at the video if you have a moment.

If you’d like to get in touch [music@york.ac.uk], we’d love to hear from you.

Professor Ambrose Field
Head of Department

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Postgraduate Virtual Open Days 2015

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Forthcoming events


Performance class

4.00PM, E058

Anna Goldbeck-Wood


Improvisation class for voices and instruments

11.00AM, E058

Jean-Charles François


Research Seminar

4.00PM, I/D003

PhD students


Musical instruments and friction: ideas for thinking historically

4.00PM, I/D003

Professor Rachel Beckles Willson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Music at 50

This year marks 50 years of Music at York. To celebrate we are hosting a range a performances and reunion events over the anniversary weekend on 7 June for graduates, retired and current staff, students and friends. Find out more and book your place through York Alumni Association.

The Department have also launched the Music at 50 Fund to help support and inspire the next generation of artists and performers.


York Masters Opportunity Scholarship
Apply by 25 May 2015

MA in Music Education

Applications now open

Jean Charles Francois lecture-performance – CANCELLED

Regrettably the lecture-performance by Jean Charles Francois advertised for Tuesday 26 May has been cancelled due to ill health.  We hope to rearrange his visit for 2016.

Latest news


Tickets for the YorkConcerts 2014/15 season are now available from the Box Office.

Forthcoming concerts:

27 May 2015
29 May 2015
5 June 2015