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Instrumental and singing tuition

The Department of Music at York provides high quality, individual instrumental and vocal tuition across a wide array of genres

We believe passionately in the importance of developing practical skills alongside academic study. We have recruited an instrumental and vocal teaching staff with considerable, real world professional experience, and can offer you teachers who perform in major orchestras (BBC Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Opera North), period instrument specialists who work with leading early music groups (English Baroque Soloists), and singers who perform on stage with major opera companies (English National Opera).

Your one-to-one work, with a high quality teacher, will be supported by the Department. All students receive instrumental or vocal tuition throughout all three years of their degree:

  • in the first and second years every student receives a generous bursary;
  • in the third year, those choosing the recital option receive an enhanced bursary to support intensive preparation for their performance, whilst those choosing other options are still entitled to a reduced bursary to keep their practical work progressing.

Individual tuition is also supplemented by an array of performance classes. We offer masterclasses with leading concert artists (former leaders have included Emma Kirkby and Roy Howat) as well as workshops with non-Western, folk and jazz musicians. Sessions topics include:

  • developing skills to work as facilitators in schools and community settings
  • understanding musicians’ health
  • how to deliver peak performance
  • developing entrepreneurial skills.

At the start of your degree, we will ask you how our bursary will work best for you as we aim to create optimal learning situations for each student.

As well as performance classes and individual tuition, the Department has a wide range of ensembles and choirs, from large-scale orchestras to non-western ensembles, such as Gamelan Sekar Petak, and from early music ensembles through to contemporary groups, improvised music ensembles and music education provision.

Instrumental and vocal staff

Performance Classes

  • Find out about current Performance classes – these happen several times a week during term and provide masterclasses and professional development opportunities across all genres and disciplines.