Welcome to Durham University Department of Music, one of leading centres in the UK for the study of Music. We were ranked as the top Department in 2016 (#1 The Sunday Times University League Table, #2 Complete University Guide, #3 Research Excellence Framework). The Department has internationally recognised research expertise in a wide variety of topics including musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology.
We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching that will assist our students to achieve their full potential as thinking, creative musicians and scholars. Our undergraduate programme mixes foundational courses with a strong emphasis on developing independent research skills and increasing choice and flexibility as you progress. Our postgraduate programme offers opportunities for higher-level study with world-leading researchers.
Durham enjoys a rich musical life: the University boasts numerous choirs, orchestras, opera, jazz and early-music ensembles, and the Department runs its own annual concert series, which attracts soloists from around the World.
The Music Department is located within the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the magnificent 11th century Cathedral and Castle. We have a distinguished tradition of scholarship stretching back to the nineteenth century, but we pride ourselves on remaining a dynamic centre of creative and intellectual innovation.
- Interpersonal entrainment project publishes first paper
- Call for Papers: Journal special issue following ‘Geography, Music, Space’ conference
- PhD Candidate Douglas Bachorik conducts major performance in the Philippines
- New blog from Music & Science Lab: Now That’s What I Call Chills!
- Durham representatives at International Musicological Society congress in Tokyo
- Prof David Greer wins award for significant contribution in music bibliography
- Dr Katherine Hambridge introduces music of Napoleon's reign at Bowes Museum
- Dr Lara Pearson wins music education and psychology award
- Music, Media and Technologies RMA Study Day - deadline approaching
- Geography, Music, Space - videos available online
Tuesday 25 April 2017
- Research Forum: Giovanni Giuriati (Sapienza University of Rome) 2:00pm, Lecture Room
Thursday 27 April 2017
- Ethnomusicology Seminar: Giovanni Giuriati (Sapienza University of Rome) 11:00am, North Bailey Seminar Room
Tuesday 2 May 2017
- MUSICON Concert: The Brodsky Quartet 7:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department
Saturday 20 May 2017
- RMA Study Day: Music, Media and Technologies 9:00am to 6:00pm, Music Department
Saturday 27 May 2017
- CN-CS Conference: Conflict, Healing, and the Arts in the Long Nineteenth Century 9:00am to 6:00pm, Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies
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The official account of Durham University's Music Department
- RT @DavidCotter1994: Last night @KidwellSophie and I were thrilled to sell out our debut recital at Ford Park Chapel and raise c.£800 fo…
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- RT @MWright_singers: Also, just had to tweet this from @ifagiolini featuring a colleague from @NclUniMusic +a former @MusicDurhamUni stu…
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- RT @KidwellSophie: Tonight!!!
So looking forward to my first concert with @DavidCotter1994.
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- @MusicScienceDU's Entrainment in Musical Performance project compares video & mocap data on body movements: https://t.co/4Ib2Z1pRn1
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