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

21 November 2018
28 November 2018
1 December 2018


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

Latest news

Forthcoming events


Autumn Week 9: Diotima workshop

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium, Campus West


Presentation for singers

4.00PM, Room 106

David Thomas


Research seminar. Stephanie Pitts: 'Understanding audiences for the contemporary arts: a tale of four cities'

4.00PM, D/003, Sally Baldwin D Block

Stephanie Pitts (University of Sheffield)


Autumn Week 10: Joanna Marsh Griffiths

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium, Campus West

Joanna Marsh Griffiths

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.