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Studying Music at Cambridge

In this course presentation, delivered by Professor Katharine Ellis, Dr Sam Barrett and Dr Delphine Mordey, you can learn more about the Cambridge Music degree, including what and how we teach, the wider musical environment and facilities, what careers our students go on to have, and the application process. 

For further information about the Undergraduate Music Degree at Cambridge, click here.

In this unusual and uncertain time of the coronavirus pandemic, admissions arrangements, including assessments and interviews, are subject to change as we adapt to meet recommended guidelines in response to the shifting landscape. We strongly encourage you to check the University webpage on advice for offer-holders and prospective students, as this will be regularly updated to keep you informed of any changes that are made

You can also find further information on applying to study music here and do also have a look at the general University webpages for prospective students here.

For further study resources, including links to lectures, and reading recommendations, click here;

and for more on careers, click here.

Sample Music History Lecture

The following 20-minute sample lecture, given by Professor of Music History, Marina Frolova-Walker, explores some of the possible hidden meanings contained within Shostakovich’s tenth symphony. This video will give you an insight into some of the kinds of questions we explore in our history teaching, and a taste of what to expect from a University lecture.


For three different approaches to studying Shostakovich - through history, analysis, and performance studies - have a look at this article written by three Cambridge Professors, each offering their own perspectives on Shostakovich's 8th String Quartet. This article was first published in Music@Cambridge: The Magazine of the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, Schools Edition (Michaelmas Term 2015).

Find out about: Performance Opportunities at Cambridge