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Lessons Bursary

Thank you for showing an interest in the Music Society’s bursary scheme. It is vital that you read all of this information before applying.


The Music Society is pleased to announce the introduction of a bursary worth £500 to fund peripatetic music lessons for a student at the University of York.

The award provides vocal or instrumental tuition to a non-music student in sympathy with the aims and ethos of The University of York Music Society.

The maximum award is valued at £500 per annum. In context, a professional teacher charging £30/hour would be able to offer one half-hour lesson each week during term time for a year. A student may hold the bursary for a maximum of one year.

A teacher will be found in collaboration with The Music Society Committee and a designated impartial advisor from the Music Department staff team. The award will be paid directly to the teacher upon invoice. The arrangement of lessons will be the responsibility of the award holder and teacher.

The award holder will be expected to give a lunchtime concert in their final term of holding the bursary, with the support of The Music Society Committee.


Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Any student on any course may apply. However, it is important to note that the Committee may look more favourably upon candidates who do not receive music tuition funding by virtue of the course on which they are enrolled.

Instruments and vocalists of all genres are welcome.

Candidates who can demonstrate their inability to fund private tuition themselves will be preferred.

The Music Society is not looking for the best performer, but instead for the person who shows most potential to improve with professional tuition.

You must be a member of The Music Society, but you do not need to be involved in any ensembles to be considered.

How to apply

In order to be considered for The University of York Music Society Lessons Bursary, you must fill in the form on the Application page.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an informal audition at some point in the Autumn Term. For the audition, you will be required to play or sing one piece of your choosing. The Music Society can provide an accompanist. There will be no other tests. A relaxed interview will follow.

The panel will consist of the President, two other representatives of The Music Society Committee, and usually a designated impartial advisor from the Music Department staff team.

All candidates will be informed of the outcome within three working days of the end of the audition period. They will be expected to sign the Bursary agreement, which will be presented to them at audition, before any funds are released. Last year’s agreement can be found here as an example.

The Music Society may choose to award a selection of candidates a smaller amount.

Applications are requested by 4pm on Friday 11th October 2019 (Week 2 of Autumn Term). Applications received after this time may not be considered.