1562 in music
- 18 January - The Council of Trent begins a new session, in the course of which it considers decrees relating to sacred music.
- Cristofano Malvezzi enters the service of the Medici in Florence.
- Alfonso Ferrabosco the elder arrives in England and is employed at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
- Rinaldo del Mel begins his musical studies at the Cathedral of St. Rombaut.
- Pietro Aron - Thoscanello de la musica, 4th edition
- Jacobus de Kerle - Preces Speciales (setting of texts by Pedro de Soto)
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Missa Papae Marcelli
- January 20 – Ottavio Rinuccini, librettist (died 1621)
- April/May – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, organist and composer (died 1621)
- probable - John Bull, composer and organ builder (died 1628)
- October 13 - Claudin de Sermisy, French composer (born c.1490)
- December 7 – Adrian Willaert, Flemish composer (born c.1490)
- probable - Perissone Cambio, Franco-Flemish composer and singer