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Course Outline

The Cambridge undergraduate programme (or Tripos) in Music is designed to give you fundamental skills in writing and analysing music, and to deepen your understanding of music in its historical and cultural contexts. In addition to historical, critical, and analytical studies of a wide range of music, you can choose courses in composition and performance: during your three years you will have an increasing amount of free choice in the subjects you study, including the opportunity to pursue substantial self-directed projects. For further information see the current Faculty Prospectus (PDF).

Although many music students from Cambridge enter the music profession in one guise or another, the course provides a broad education for those who take up other occupations. 

The student-produced Alternative Prospectus provides another perspective on studying Music at Cambridge.  (Some of these materials require Adobe Reader; if you don’t have it, download it here).

Music Awards

The University offers special awards for choral and organ scholars, and for other instrumentalists. These offer benefits such as tuition and professional coaching, as well as a small payment. For more information about these awards and how to apply please look at the Music Awards section of the Undergraduate Admissions site.

Study Music at Cambridge