Music schools' outreach

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities' Music department is committed to the future of music and music education, by widening access to music and offering outreach initiatives to schools.

Sheffield Makes Music

The Music department is very active outside of the University, and has undertaken a huge variety of work in schools, ranging from the huge year-long festival celebrating Children’s Composer Benjamin Britten in 2013, to small scale music consultation and bespoke sessions and performances across their specialisms, including folk, world, jazz and classical musics.

Music Taster Days

Led by our students and academic staff, these interesting and interactive sessions give an insight into the difference of studying Music at University compared to school. Year 12 students will have the opportunity to experience a lecture or seminar and to participate in Q&A sessions about music performance, research, teaching and student life at the University of Sheffield. 

Taster days

Music in the City

Our outreach team works closely with The Sheffield Music Hub and Music for Youth on a large number of projects - our student-led volunteering organisation 'Music in the City' creates fantastic opportunities by leading music projects and workshops in local schools.

Non-Performance Careers in Music: Panel Discussion and Q&A In collaboration with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra

University of Sheffield Schools Digital Outreach Events in collaboration with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, find more information here

Past projects

The department's curated projects have included a demonstration of Tudor period instruments, music and dress from undergraduates, helping a school choir in a national competition with our world musician in residence, John Ball, and the development of a brand new children’s opera in partnership with 6 primary schools.

Outstanding, fun and engaging sessions and an amazing experience for young children to be part of.


Sinfonia Antartica project

They also organised "Sinfonia Antarctica" - performed at The Octagon Centre, Sheffield in September 2018 - a project inspired by the seventh symphony of composer Vaughan Williams, with volunteers visiting local schools to assist with composing activities in year 5 and 6 classes. Musicians from the University performed their interpretation of this piece of music and the pupils from the primary schools were encouraged to be involved too.

When I grow up, I think I want to be in a symphony orchestra.

Primary school pupil

Norfolk Primary School

Contact us

Contact our schools team if you would like to find out more about working with the University of Sheffield.

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