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The Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free subject-specific courses for Year 12 (or equivalent) students from UK state-maintained schools. The five-day summer schools in Cambridge run in August, allowing students to explore their interest in one of 22 subjects on offer at the university to gain an insight into what it is like to live and study as a first-year undergraduate student at Cambridge.

The Music department’s undergraduate course is designed to introduce you not just to a wide range of music, but to a wide variety of ways of thinking about music and we try to adopt the same approach to our summer school course.

Analysis, history, harmony and counterpoint, and practical musicianship have previously been included in the summer schools, along with specialised classes looking at the blues, jazz, film music, gamelan, composition and the psychology of music.

Due to COVID-19, this year our summer school will take place online. Through a mixture of pre-recorded lectures, live seminars, and online resources and activities, including virtual tours and interactive worksheets, students will experience a taste of the variety of topics on offer through University music study.

Up-to-date information about eligibility  can be found on the main University website.

For details on future Sutton Trust Summer Schools, including how to apply, go to: