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Department of Music

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Department of Music

The Department expects to be operating a full teaching schedule in 2020-21, whether on campus or online or a mix of the two, with flexible teaching to accommodate all students' circumstances, even if these change through the academic year. On all programmes, for new students and for those returning to York, we aim to retain our safe and friendly atmosphere, personal contact and small-group teaching, whether or not you are here in person.

Dr Áine Sheil, Head of Department, 4 August 2020

If you have an urgent query please make contact with one of the following teams:

Find out about the COVID-secure measures the Department has introduced to enable us to use our facilities safely and securely.

Read about proposed courses changes for new students.

Read our teaching and learning planning updates for current students.

For information on how the University is dealing with COVID-19, please check the University's Coronavirus webpages.

Studying Music at the University of York gives you a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of musical experiences and to look at how music is shaping and responding to the world.

We are internationally recognised for integrated creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music and our graduates are critical, independent thinkers.


We support a wide range of research and offer many opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral study across the discipline.


York Concerts

In response to Government advice and in line with University guidance, all concerts in April, May and June have been cancelled. A refund will be offered on all tickets bought for upcoming concerts; ticket holders will be contacted individually.

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Evan Snoswell awarded 2020 Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music

Thursday 20 August 2020

The Music Department is delighted to announce Evan Snoswell's (Computer Science) entry Ploonk as the inaugural winner of the Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music. The judging panel would also like to give honourable mention to Lynette Quek (Music) for the submission Laptop Functions.

these bones, this flesh, this skin: new interactive music and dance from lockdown

Friday 7 August 2020

Developed in partnership with Scottish Ensemble and Scottish Dance Theatre, these bones, this flesh, this skin is a digital work for solo violin and solo dancer by University of York composer Martin Suckling, choreographer Joan Clevillé and cinematographer Genevieve Reeves.

Experimental Concert Research Pilot study: 10-12 September 2020

Friday 7 August 2020

The pilot test of our Experimental Concert Research will be going ahead this September at the Radialsystem in Berlin.

Rankings and awards

The University of York is a TEF gold institution.

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