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Tuition & scholarships

We'll update you as soon as we can about University Music activities for 2020. Practice rooms at Talbot House will remain closed over the summer but emails will be monitored regularly. Please keep checking back for the latest news and information. You can contact us at and also read the BU Coronavirus FAQs.

Virtual concerts, music lessons and choir

Our music scholars are recording regular virtual concerts which are available for you to watch anytime online.

Virtual music lessons are currently being held for students and staff and are available on all instruments, including voice, throughout the summer. If you are interested, email virtual choir will also continue to meet every Thursday throughout the summer between 7pm - 8pm, please get in touch if you would like to join us.

Whether you are singer or an instrumentalist, we can give you the chance to learn from our professional tutors throughout your academic year.

If you're a BU or AUB scholarship student, or looking to become one, find out what you need to do to apply for, or renew, your scholarship

You can find more information on our up and coming events via our University Music Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

More information


Our team of well qualified and experienced teachers offer tuition to students and staff on all instruments and voice.

Lessons last either 30 minutes or one hour and can be arranged to suit individual needs. Evening and weekend tuition can be organised on some instruments. Tuition is only available to BU and AUB students and staff.

Tuition is available at all levels. Preparation for ABRSM /Trinity Guildhall grade exams and diplomas is available but we equally appreciate that you might wish to learn for pleasure without the stress of formal assessment. Preparation for ABRSM Theory exams at grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 is also available. Exam preparation includes aural training and rehearsal with a pianist.

All tuition students will have the opportunity to perform in public if they so wish.

Tuition lesson costs

BU and AUB students and staff: £15 per 30 minute lesson or £30 per hour.

To arrange lessons, please email

Lessons are held in the Music Centre, Talbot House, Talbot Campus.

University Music scholarships (BU and AUB)

Please note that AUB and BU music scholarships differ in their terms and conditions, although the opportunities offered and expectations of all scholars are broadly similar.

University Music recognises the role that music and culture play in the development of the individual and the benefits cultural activities bring to the wider University community.

What is a University Music scholarship?

University Music scholarship scheme is intended to encourage excellence and development both in performance and academic musical study. Scholars receive instrumental/vocal tuition with highly qualified and experienced teachers and enhance their ensemble skills through membership of our orchestras, choirs and bands. University Music offers a full programme of concerts and recitals featuring both students and visiting professional musicians. 

Should I apply?

Award recipients must be prepared to contribute to the cultural life of the University by participating in selected activities and events as designated by the Head of Music. Applicants will need to have passed ABRSM grade 8 in their main instrument or voice, provide evidence of academic musical qualifications such as A-level music or grade 8 theory and provide evidence of their recent musical activities.

If you are interested in applying for a University Music scholarship you should in the first instance email Ian Davis (Head of University Music) who will contact you with more information. BU students can also visit the BU Music Scholarships webpage.

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About us

Exceptional musical opportunities for BU and AUB students and staff, as well as for members of the local community.



With a choice of three choirs, singing is one of University Music's most popular activities.

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Instrumental ensembles

Our instrumental ensembles offer a great opportunity for experienced musicians through weekly rehearsals and regular concert performances.