Music at Birmingham

In 1905, Edward Elgar was appointed our first Professor of Music and we have not looked back since. Today, you will benefit from outstanding facilities, such as the £16m Bramall Music Building, and world-leading teaching in musicology, performance and composition. All students receive a scholarship for lessons for two instruments at the Birmingham Conservatoire or through the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research.


You will benefit from some of the best facilities for music study and practice in the country, including state-of-the-art facilities in our new Bramall Music Building along with practice rooms, electro-acoustic music studios, early instruments, computer workstations.

You will also use the on-campus Barber Institute of Fine Arts, with its magnificent Art Deco Concert Hall and Library, with Special Collections centred on 20th century English music, including Elgar diaries, manuscript scores and early editions, and Baroque music. Together, these buildings provide spaces perfectly suited for everything – chamber music, electronic music, jazz and orchestral concerts.

Music students enjoy a fantastic student experience at the University of Birmingham thanks to our active Music Society. You can read about what it's like to study Music here in our blog, written by current students.