School of Arts and Cultures




We have outstanding specialist music facilities.

We have excellent teaching facilities, including a 100-seat lecture theatre, two 50-seat lecture theatres and three 25-seater seminar rooms.

Other facilities include:

  • two state-of-the-art, purpose-built studios
  • a music skills suite containing 14 networked PCs installed with recording grade and notation software (each with monitor-grade headphones and soundcard)
  • rehearsal spaces
  • seven flexible working spaces each equipped with a 27" iMac
  • 18 rooms for instrumental acoustic tuition across the Music and Armstrong building
  • a large student common room including work area with PCs including specialist music software

We offer access to a wide array of equipment and instruments. This includes a large collection of 'early music' instruments.

We have a dedicated postgraduate study room.

Have a look at our virtual tour, and find out more about our: 

Culture Lab

Many of our students carry out electronically-mediated creative practice. They have workspaces in the University's Culture Lab.

This is a unique research infrastructure. It provides an environment for academics and practitioners working beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

We have excellent facilities for our music students.
We have excellent facilities for our music students.

Virtual Tour

Take a look at our facilities.


We have a wide range of resources to help enhance your learning.

Newcastle University Library subscribes to more than 100 musical journals through full online text access to complete journal runs. We host the peer-reviewed online journal Radical Musicology.

Online Resources

African American Music

The first online resource to document the history of African American music in an online music listening service. The collection contains a diverse range of genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, among others. Access African American Music.

American Song

A history database that will contain 50,000 tracks that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. Access American Song.

Classical Music Library

An online resource and is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. Access the Classical Music Library.

FARNE: Folk Archive Resource North East

From here you can access 4,000 songs, tunes, sound recordings and photographs from across North East England, bringing the musical heritage of the region alive as part of the FARNE archive. Access FARNE.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

The first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Access the Garland Encyclopedia.

Grove Music Online

The leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001. This is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music. Access Grove Music Online.

Oxford Dictionary of Music Online

This resource brings together an unrivalled collection of entries covering musical subjects of all kinds in an authoritative and accessible way. Access the Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Oxford Companion to Music Online

More than 8,000 articles sweep across an extraordinary range of subjects. From the study of music, to the way it is performed and disseminated. Access the Oxford Companion to Music.

RILM (Répertoire Internationale de Littérature Musicale)

The world's largest music bibliographic database. Access RILM.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms. Access Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.


Newcastle University has three main performance spaces.

The King's Hall

The King's Hall is situated at the heart of the Armstrong Building and can seat 400 people. There are regular concerts in here which you can find on the University's Live in the King's Hall page.

Band Room

We have a dedicated Band Room in the new Music Studios building that is configurable for teaching, rehearsing, recording and live performance and includes a full lighting rig. A comprehensive backline is also provided.

The Recital Room

The Recital Room is used for rehearsals and various events organised both by the University and by local promoters.


We have several rehearsal and practice facilities.

You'll have access to a range of rehearsal spaces, including:

  • 25 acoustically-treated practice rooms
  • five instrumental teaching rooms
  • a large, acoustically-isolated, ensemble/band practice room
  • two large performance/rehearsal spaces (each seats up to 50 people)
  • the University's King's Hall (seats 400)

Our eight large teaching spaces are also available after teaching hours for ensemble rehearsals and sectional practices.

Students are able to access our solo rehearsal rooms 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Larger rooms can be booked in advance on our online booking system.

We've made sure that each room contains a piano.

Students also have some access to the rehearsal facilities at the Sage Gateshead.


Our professional recording and music production suites cater for a wide range of musical approaches. They provide for full band multi-track recording, electro-acoustic composition, multimedia work and sound art installations.

Our studios allow flexible routing for cross-disciplinary and collaborative work throughout the building.

We have a range of portable recording equipment and tools designed for live electronics and technologically mediated live performance. These are accessible to all music students.

The spaces are accessible 24 hours a day and can be hired for private use.

Our facilities

Recording studios

We have two recording studios.

Flexible workspaces

These spaces are booked for project work, instrumental practice, sound editing and mixing.


We have a wide range of our equipment.

Download a list of our equipment (PDF: 190 KB).

Contact us

This pages offers a brief overview of the studios. For complete information about our facilities, contact David de la Haye.