Music in the City

Our student-led volunteering organisation, Music in the City, creates fantastic opportunities leading music projects and workshops in local schools. Music in the City work closely with The Sheffield Music Hub, Music for Youth and The University of Sheffield Arts and Humanities outreach team.

Bringing back to life songs from World War 1

Final year student Emily Overend worked with two local schools on her third year special project. The children learnt songs from World War 1 and performed them at a commemorative concert in Firth Hall.

Other recent projects run by our volunteers include:

Musical Storytelling

This is a project which we have done in several schools which is specifically aimed at early years age children. We bring a range of instruments (and volunteers) into the schools, introduce them to the children, play a couple of short pieces, then tell a story with musical sound effects, before finishing with some musical games (often with a parachute).

Care home sessions

We have a well-established relationship with a lovely care home in the Peaks, where we run regular music sessions, generally involving solos, ensemble performances, and group singing. The residents are always a very friendly audience, so this is a great chance for volunteers to try out recital pieces before performing them in an exam or concert. This year we are hoping to run similar sessions at other care homes and community groups.


Volunteering with Music in the City (MinC) has given me the opportunity to work alongside some fantastic organisations, take on leadership and organisational roles, learn new skills and get so much valuable experience with working with children and adults around Sheffield. Being a part of MinC has been one of the highlights of my university experience.

Harriet Laidler 

Student volunteer


Sessions for children with additional needs

We are currently running a few sessions a year in a local school for children with a wide variety of disabilities and special needs. This is a hugely eye-opening and valuable experience for volunteers hoping to work in music therapy or education in the future, and the staff and children love the sessions, so we are keen to expand these too.


Music in the City has enabled me to work alongside children and staff of schools and organisations around Sheffield which is challenging, interesting, inspiring and most importantly an enjoyable way to gain incredible experience for my future career whilst having fun!

Megan Armson

Student volunteer


Our volunteers are regularly contacted by schools and community groups asking for one-off sessions. Our volunteers love a challenge, and we are always up for creating new projects to suit a variety of needs and situations. If you are interested in collaborating with the Department of Music, please contact: musicinthecity@sheffield.ac.uk

View the Faculty of Arts and Humanities outreach work 

Music schools' outreach

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