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Resources for offer-holders

Welcome, and congratulations on receiving an offer from the University of York! We hope we can welcome you in person to the Department of Music very soon – but in the meantime, we’ve put together some resources here that we hope will be useful to you as you continue to prepare for future music study. 

There are videos about our courses and life in the Department, as well as samples of current undergraduate teaching to whet your appetite for university-level study. While you’re here, don’t forget to explore the rest of our web pages to find out more about our courses, ensembles, career prospects for graduates, and much more.


About the Department

Find out more about our community and the courses we offer by watching the following YouTube videos:


BA in Music overview


BA in Music and Sound Recording overview

Department life

Hear our students’ experiences of studying here:


Our yearly ensembles mini-mart


Singing and choral music at York


Blurring musical lines in sound production

Meet our staff

Robert Hollingworth, singer and choral director

Taster lectures

Experience samples taken from current undergraduate teaching:

How does music impact our emotions? (Dr Hauke Egermann)

Mozart and his singers (Professor Rachel Cowgill)

Music and sound recording: reverberation modelling (Dr Jez Wells)

Past concerts

The 24 – Wednesday 19 February 2020

University of York Chamber Orchestra – Wednesday 12 February 2020

University of York Symphony Orchestra – Saturday 11 March 2017

Preparing to study: musical activities

Look at our page of suggestions for preparatory reading and listening you can do to help prepare for the autumn. These should put you in a good position to begin your university study.

See our resources

Develop your compositional skills further with Stef Conner’s ‘Amazing phrasing’ exercise – suggestions for crafting effective melodic material using the natural phrasing of a text.

Lyons Live Lockdown

We are currently planning a series of streamed concerts that will be premiered live on our YouTube channel throughout the Summer Term. For more information, please visit the Lyons Live Lockdown page.

Contact us

We know that this must be an uncertain time for many of you, as you await further updates about A-levels, grade calculations and your university future. We want to help: if you have any queries about your offer, or any suggestions for resources you’d like to see here, please get in contact with our Admissions Tutor, Mark Hutchinson

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for ongoing updates about the Department and how we’re responding to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 safety precautions

The Department of Music has introduced a range of control measures to enable us to use our facilities safely and securely. These include:

  • asking you to wear face coverings when you're in any enclosed space in the Department, in line with the University policy
  • a one-way system
  • designated entrances and exits
  • hand sanitiser points in each room
  • wiping down piano keyboards, lids and stools after use
  • perspex screens between performers
  • single-occupancy kitchens
  • leaving windows open at all times
  • regularly cleaning communal areas
  • quarantining rooms and equipment after use.

The Department has also implemented specific COVID-secure measures to ensure that studio work is as safe as possible. These include:

  • cleaning and quarantining of equipment after use
  • sufficient time between studio bookings to allow for air exchange.