discussion forum

Share your views on any matter of interest or concern relating to HE Music by visiting our discussion forum.

contact details

Alison Marlow,
NAMHE Administrator,
42 Constance Road,
Tel: 01905 455125

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last event details

View details and download summary documents of our previous events by visiting our past conferences section.


Welcome to the webpages of the National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE).

NAMHE is the UK’s subject association for institutions, departments and individuals dedicated to training and educating the next generation of musicians through higher education. We promote the creative, cultural and economic benefits of studying for a music degree – whether in a conservatoire, college or university – and we champion musical research, scholarship and practice at the highest level to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for our discipline.

Are you thinking of continuing to study music after you leave sixth form? Hear from some of those who have, talking about the opportunities a music degree has opened up for them:

In the second of our videos, we hear from staff and students on studying music at university, and in the third (with thanks to Warner) trumpeter Alison Balsom speaks about what a music degree did for her.

In representing the interests of musicians engaged in UK higher education, NAMHE works closely with the Royal Musical Association (RMA), Music Mark (the UK Association for Music Education), the Institute of Musical Research (IMR), the Music Education Council (MEC), and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), as well as learned societies and subject associations in other fields where our interests and priorities overlap.

Find us on Facebook or register with our JISCMail forum and mailing list for updates and discussion, or why not attend our annual one-day conference?

Each year the NAMHE conference explores a theme of relevance to the music HE community, allowing members to develop new ideas, exchange good practice and interact with colleagues from institutions across the UK. You can get a flavour from this video of the 2014 conference, which focused on communities of creative practice.

Prof. Rachel Cowgill, NAMHE ChairThe 2015 NAMHE conference was held at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on 5 May 2015, when our topic was ‘Music – Learning – Technology’. Our next conference will be held on 3 May 2016 at the Royal Northern College of Music and will focus on ‘Practice-Led Research’. We hope to see you there! Meanwhile feel free to browse the website and get in touch.

Best wishes,

Rachel Cowgill
Chair, NAMHE



Letter to the Guardian

NAMHE has written to the Guardian about its fears that the EBacc will destroy HE (and school) music…


NAMHE responds to EBacc Consultation

NAMHE has responded to the government consultation on Implementing the English Baccalaurate (EBacc). A joint response was also made with the…


NAMHE responds to TEF Green Paper

NAMHE has responsed to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on "Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence…



Prof. Rachel Cowgill reviews what has been a particularly active year for NAMHE and highlights current and upcoming priorities for the…