Department of Music

Studying Music at university gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of musical experiences, and to look at how music has shaped the world and responded to outside influences. We are internationally recognised for creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music and our graduates are critical, independent thinkers.

Undergraduate study


Martin Suckling's flute concerto shortlisted for major international award

Monday 7 October 2019

Music Department Senior Lecturer, Martin Suckling, has been nominated for the highly prestigious Prince Pierre de Monaco Musical Composition Prize.

York Composer Wins Coveted American Fellowship

Thursday 3 October 2019

Professor of Composition, Thomas Simaku was awarded a coveted fellowship from The Brown Foundation in Houston, USA, for a residency at the Dora Maar House in France.

Tempo: The Music of Thomas Simaku

Thursday 26 September 2019

Cambridge University Press has published a comprehensive article on Thomas Simaku’s music, written by Dr Martin Scheuregger in their quarterly review of new music, Tempo.

Postgraduate study



The brain that learns to sing and is changed by it

In this talk, Dr Boris Alexander Kleber will introduce you to the fascinating world of cognitive neuroscience using the example of singing. You will learn about the basic hierarchies in the brain’s vocal control centers, how neuroimaging and neurostimulation methods are used to understand how singing can change your brain, and see novel data on the neural correlates of musical style and musical creativity.


Autumn Week 3 Seminar: HERA

Artistic collective


York Concerts

Our concert series brings together a dynamic mix of performances, from professional visiting soloists to our accomplished departmental ensembles.

Upcoming concerts

16 October 2019
18 October 2019
25 October 2019
30 October 2019



Find out more about joining our ensembles and those that audition for membership the beginning of Autumn Term.

Rankings and awards

The University of York is a TEF gold institution.

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