Welcome to the Department of Music

About the Department

The Department of Music at York is one of the liveliest in the country, with a busy schedule of performance activities.

The range of study, performance and composition is extremely wide, both within our taught courses and at research level. Our staff includes distinguished scholars, composers and performers.

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The Department of Music at the University of York is an acknowledged world-leader in creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music. Our alumni occupy positions of significance nationally within the music industry and associated professions. You will be taught by active professionals, and our modules are informed directly by recent research. Our flexible course structure is unique in the UK, and promotes academic excellence through practical experience.

At York you will be able to develop your own distinctive approach to music. This is a department where there is a strong and friendly student community, who are committed to working together to achieve high quality results. York offers you considerable choice in what you do, and we value personal interaction. Our teaching is in small groups, and performance and creativity are deeply embedded within our daily activities.

Welcome to our vibrant and internationally respected department. 

Professor Ambrose Field, PGCE, PhD
Head of Department