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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Top ten in the Guardian University league table 2018

‌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

Forthcoming events


Composition Seminar: Grainne Mulvey

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium, Department of Music


Dr Ruth Davis (University of Cambridge)

4.00PM, Sally Baldwin D Block: D003


Pre-concert seminar: Jin Hyung Lim, John Stringer and Roger Marsh

6.00PM, National Centre for Early Music, York


Dr Kelly Jakubowski (University of Durham)

4.00PM, Sally Baldwin D Block: D003


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

York Concerts Brochure Sep 2016

Download the brochure: York Concerts Brochure (PDF  , 976kb)

Forthcoming concerts:

9 June 2017

Postgraduate Study

Do you have any questions about postgraduate study within the Department of Music? Chat to academics and support staff on our virtual open day. Register below:


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

Latest news

CMRC blog

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