Subject Taster Workshops

We offer workshops to students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 in a number of subjects on flexible dates and times to suit your needs. Workshops introduce students to new topics, build on their current subjects and support them in developing skills needed for university. All sessions are interactive and delivered by post-graduate students or academic staff, giving your students insight into the university experience.

This year in  response to the coronavirus pandemic we are moving the majority of our workshops online for your students to access in a safe and engaging way. However, in some cases we may be able to offer our workshops in-school, where appropriate. Please complete the expression of interest form, details below, so we can work with you to determine the best option for your school.

Please browse our current workshops by subject below.

Please be aware that due to limited budget, we can only take expressions of interest from state schools

Do you think studying music is just about learning to play an instrument? Think again! The session will be suitable for students interested in music, psychology and general wellbeing. In this interactive workshop, students will discuss the impact of music on physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. Drawing from current research in music psychology, including key models of wellbeing, as well as their own experiences they will explore what we mean by ‘wellbeing’, and how it relates to our musical engagement. Together we will consider the ways in which we use music for wellbeing in our own lives and reflect on the impact of music through lockdown.
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This creating through listening workshops is suitable for Years 10-12 and will provide a taste of studying music at the University of Leeds. This interactive session will introduce students to ‘deep-listening’ and demonstrate how sound can be used to interpret one’s environment. This process is inspired by Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening practice and Nāda Yoga; it will involve games, mindfulness and meditation on sound. This environmental approach to sound will then be used to create musical material, that students will subsequently use to create ‘quick-fire’, collaborative compositions.
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Music can play an important role in our everyday lives, but what can it do for people with disabilities? Drawing from current research in music psychology, this session will discuss the impact of music in the lives of disabled people, from music therapy to music in everyday life. Together we will explore the opportunities and challenges of music and disability research, including discussing some of the key ethical debates in the field. The session will also introduce students to 'inclusive' approaches to research and encourage them to reflect on the ways in which they can make their day-to-day interactions more accessible. This session will be suitable for students in Year 11 or 12 who are interested in music, music therapy, psychology, and/or disability.
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In this session, our Education Outreach Fellow will share an overview of the varied careers available in the music industry, including hidden careers you may not have considered. Drawing from her own varied experiences in the industry, including working for a major record label, as a music teaching assistant, a freelance singer and music facilitator, and a music psychology researcher, Melissa will reflect on her own musical pathway and the skills required to find success in the industry. This session will also discuss the transferable skills you can gain from studying and/or engaging with music, including how to frame these for an employer and some hints and tips on how to build your CV for a career in music.
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