About the Department

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The Department relocated to the heart of the campus in early 2009, and occupies the newly refurbished Victorian Jessop building and the purpose-built Soundhouse. The Jessop building contains lecture / ensemble spaces, a small music library, staff offices and a number of dedicated spaces for music psychology, ethnomusicology and music technology teaching and research. The Soundhouse contains practice rooms and studio facilities. There are good collections of reproduction early instruments (including a Stein fortepiano of 1782, viols, two Baroque violins, harpsichords and early wind instruments) and of percussion instruments.

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The sound studios offer opportunities for electroacoustic music composition, music technology and sound recording and are housed in the purpose built soundhouse. The psychology of music listening and performance spaces provide facilities for experiments and other projects and include access to Yamaha Disklavier grand and upright pianos. The Music Information Technology lab has 20 computers and is dedicated entirely to music students.


The Department sponsors about 50 public concerts every year, including a subscription series given mainly by visiting professional artists, and a weekly lunchtime series at which students often perform. Staff in the Department conduct the University Orchestra, University Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and students are encouraged to play regularly in smaller ensembles. Staff and students also become involved with local music-making organisations such as the Sheffield Bach Society and South Yorkshire Opera. There is an organ scholar whose appointment is a joint one between the University and the Anglican Cathedral, and a number of students from the Department sing in the Cathedral choir. A local church, St John's Ranmoor, offers an organ scholarship to students already in residence.

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As an active centre of research, the Department of Music plays a role in the support of several national and international scholarly societies and journals. It is also a popular conference site, having recently hosted meetings of, for example, the Critical Musicology Forum, the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, the English Folk Dance & Song Society and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

Up to nine scholarships and bursaries are now available for new entrants to the Department's MPhil and PhD courses.