Welcome to the Department of Music

‌QS World Rankings 2016: a UK Top 10 department in Performing Arts

QS evaluated more than 4,000 universities, qualified 2,691 and ranked 945 institutions in total. Over 113 million citations were analysed. This demonstrates a significant achievement by the staff and students of the Department of Music at York in creating a culture of high achievement where student innovation and opportunity are valued highly. The Department of Music, together with the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, has been ranked in the top 10 UK departments for performing arts, according to QS – the most widely understood and significant quality indicator.


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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Forthcoming events


Performance class (wind)

11.30AM, E058

John Stringer


Research seminar

4.00PM, I/D003

Dr Helena Daffern (University of York)


Composition seminar

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium

Manos Panayiotakis


Performance class (singers)

4.00PM, E058

Robert Hollingworth

CMRC blog

Read the latest from our Contemporary Music Research Centre on the CMRC blog


BA in Music and Sound Recording

The Department is delighted to announce a new undergraduate course in Music and Sound Recording. It is aimed at students who seek employment in media-related industries, small businesses, or as independent artists and offers students a bespoke training in music and production.

Latest news


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

Forthcoming concerts:

5 May 2016