Welcome to the Department of Music


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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Study with us

‌New: BA in Music and Sound Recording

The Department is delighted to announce a new undergraduate course in Music and Sound Recording.

Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study


Tickets for the YorkConcerts series are available online, by phone, or in person from the Box Office.

Download the brochure: York Concerts Brochure 2018-19 (PDF  , 860kb)

Upcoming concerts

17 October 2018
26 October 2018
31 October 2018


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

Latest news

Forthcoming events


Consone String Quartet workshops

2.00PM, Room 058 at 2pm and Room 106 at 4pm.

Corsone String Quartet


Research seminar. Duncan Williams: 'Music or ‘just’ Noise: Does your brain agree with your heart?'

4.00PM, D/003, Sally Baldwin D Block

Duncan Williams (University of York)


Emotion state theory workshop

4.00PM, Room 106

Lee Allatson


Research seminar. Jon Hughes and Stef Conner: 'Hearing Lost Worlds'

4.00PM, D/003, Sally Baldwin D Block

Jon Hughes and Stef Conner

CMRC blog

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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University holds a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award, showing that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.