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Faculty of Music Taster Day


We were delighted to be able to offer several online Taster Sessions in Spring 2021. These free events took place on a single afternoon (from 2-4.30pm) via Zoom, and were aimed at Year 12 students from non-fee-paying schools and colleges who wanted to find out more about studying music at University. (Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we were unable to hold our regular series of Taster Days in person in Cambridge.)

These online Taster Days were designed to offer a taste of what life as a Music student at the University of Cambridge would be like. Participants experienced some of the teaching methods used by university academics and gained an insight into just some of the huge range of skills, approaches, and topics that the study of music at University encompasses.

Following registration, participants were sent links to two short pre-recorded lectures in advance of the Taster Day, together with an activity sheet related to the lectures. On the day itself, students took part in two live, interactive 30-minute classes to explore the ideas presented in the lectures, and discuss the questions raised by the activity sheets. The aim was not only to expand their knowledge and understanding of various aspects of music and musicology, but also to encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills, all in a friendly and supportive environment.

The two classes were followed by a live talk and Q&A on Studying Music at Cambridge, with a panel of current staff and students.

Future Taster Days

The next Online Taster Days for Year 12 students will take place in Spring 2022

Please note that these events are open only to students from non-fee-paying schools and colleges. Please see our Subject Masterclasses for information about our events open to students from all schools.