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


Fabulous review in the USA for Thomas Simaku’s new album

Wednesday 15 January 2020

"There’s little doubt that Thomas Simaku is a contemporary master. One hopes that his music will get ever wider exposure—for our sake as well as his."

Kristl Kirk wins PhD Spotlight Arts and Humanities prize

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Kristl won the category for her project on decoding music with dyslexic students.

York Professor contributes to BBC1 Christmas special

Monday 23 December 2019

Professor Rachel Cowgill of the University of York's Department of Music featured in the programme on Sunday.

Postgraduate study



'Performing with Greater Ease - in Music, Work and Life' - with Julie Parker

Musicians take great care of their instruments, but not always the same care of themselves.


‘Overcoming Anxiety’ led by Laurence Perkins

An introduction to a number of fundamental concepts to help you deal with anxiety, suitable for any singer or instrumentalist.

York Concerts

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

Upcoming concerts

24 January 2020
29 January 2020
7 February 2020



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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