West Road Concert Hall & Faculty of Music

Music

The musical life of Cambridge is extremely varied, with numerous venues and opportunities to perform, listen and study across genres.

West Road Concert Hall

Find out about studying Music from the Faculty Website and in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.

 

Music at Wolfson

The Cambridge Music Tripos will deepen your understanding of music and its historical and cultural context, and help you gain fundamental skills in writing and analysing music. The core of the course involves studies in history, analysis and compositional techniques.

Anderson Room, UL library houses the music collection, by Sir Cam

Admissions Information

The University's entry requirements for Music can be found here.

 

Overview

Applicants should be acquainted with at least some of the standard repertory and have experience of writing about music. You are likely to have a good musical ear, some facility at the keyboard, and some proficiency in harmony and counterpoint.

Musicians arrive for interview with a very wide range of skills and interests. If you see yourself primarily as a performer it is important that you begin to engage with the context of the works that you play – the historical context in which they were composed, the discipline of analysis that will enable you to understand their structure and content better, or the performance history associated with them. If your musical interest is primarily academic (which is more unusual) you will need to gain some basic composition skills in traditional areas – the harmonisation of Bach chorales, the completion of two-part keyboard pieces, or the completion of string quartet extracts make good starting points.

Whatever your particular interests and skills, it is important that you learn to study independently; you will benefit most from the course in Cambridge if you are able to pursue your own lines of enquiry and interests.

 

Qualifications

Applicants for Music should ideally have an A grade at Music A level (or equivalent). Further to this no particular subjects are more desirable than others. Modern Languages and History are useful but so are virtually all other subjects, including Mathematics and sciences, in different ways.

 

Written Work, Assessment and Interviews

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be asked to submit two marked essays or other written work. This should be in a related discipline which the candidate is studying or has studied.

Those interviewed will also sit a written assessment on the day of the interview.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed in December. There will be one or two interviews (in total lasting 40-50 minutes) which will be conducted online via Zoom.