Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

About us

The Music Department offers high-level teaching and a flourishing research culture in performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound studies, jazz and popular music studies. We have long-standing links with the Royal Academy of Music and the School of Oriental and African Studies.  

We welcome students from all over the world.  We teach them to engage in innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding musical experience. Our students leave us as well-rounded musicians, able to use their experience in a variety of professional contexts, and capable of critically reflecting on – and contributing to – society through music. 

We have a relatively small, selective intake of undergraduate communities, and one of the largest postgraduate communities in the country. You will meet first-rate students at different stages of their careers. The Department hosts lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops and colloquia open to the public, at which our students encounter globally recognized scholars, composers and musicians.  

The Music Department at King’s College London enjoys a close relationship with the Royal Academy of Music. All eligible undergraduate students in the Music Department receive individual instrumental/vocal tuition with teachers from the Royal Academy of Music. This provides the opportunity to combine conservatoire tuition with a university degree. Teachers are individually allocated, to ensure a close fit for each student’s needs, and a generous allowance of hours means that lessons are frequent. Instrumentalists and singers at King’s generally find many performance opportunities both at the university and in London at large. Each year, several graduating students audition successfully for postgraduate performance courses at conservatoires.


The Music Department Weekly Colloquia

Our weekly colloquia bring together leading musicologists and composers to discuss their work with our students.

Semester One Colloquium Speakers, Autumn 2019, Wednesday, 16.00, SWB21- followed by discussions and drinks.


José Dias, Manchester Metropolitan: "Jazz in Europe: Conducting multi-sited Ethnography on a challenging and ever-changing Reality"

Chloë Alaghband Zadeh, University of Manchester: "Femininities in Circulation: Gender, Emotion and North Indian Semi-Classical Music"

Mischa Dohler, King's: How 5G Catalysed Exciting Music-Tech Co-Designs

Silvina Milstein, King's: "Pleasures of Repetition: Reflections on my ‘of Gold and Shadows Cycle (2019)"

Christopher Chowrimootoo, University of Notre Dame: "Believing in Song: Bernstein’s Mass (1971) and the Redemption of Religious Affect"

Roger Parker, King's: "Nineteenth-Century Operatic Reception History in the Age of Everything"

Anyssa Neumann, King's: "Sounds of War: Music and Violence in the Films of Ingmar Bergman"

Lisa Colton, University of Huddersfield: "Getting to know a ‘completely unintelligible’ English motet of the ars nova"

Emanuele Senici, University of Rome-La Sapienza: "Dancing Divas: La Somnambula on Video in 1950s Italy"


More about the Department of Music



Graduating students quickly connect with professional networks in London and the wider world

Our Connections

Our Connections

Our department connects with a wide range of national and international partners



Meet the Department of Music

Study at King’s

Sign up for further information

Receive email updates about our courses, events, fees and funding, studying in London, how to apply and more.

Sign up