Director's welcome

"Central to our mission is the cultivation of creative capital—the capacity of individuals and communities to imagine—to express new possibilities through creative activity."
Professor Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington

Dugal McKinnon

Kia ora!

Welcome to Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington.

Whether you are following a dream to be the next great composer, performer, teacher, music therapist or musicologist, or you love music and want to include it within another degree, NZSM has the opportunities and will provide a creative and collaborative environment to inform, inspire and extend you. There is a rich and diverse musical legacy here and a tradition of enquiry, nurturing talent and innovation.

We offer courses of study from Bachelor’s to Doctoral level in Jazz, Classical Performance, Composition, Music Studies and the only postgraduate degree in Music Therapy in New Zealand. We also run a pre-tertiary Pulse and Young Musician's Programme.

NZSM was the highest-ranked music school in New Zealand in the most recent Performance Based Research Funding evaluations. Our staff of leading academics, composers and performers are professionally active both in New Zealand and internationally, and bring the benefits of this wide experience and expertise to their teaching.

As part of our performance teaching pool, we engage some of New Zealand’s finest musicians and teachers, notably a number of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra principals. Our artist teachers are drawn from the country’s top musical talent in jazz and classical performance and the outstanding New Zealand String Quartet has been in residence since 1991.

While NZSM’s presence is most readily evident through a host of performance activities including symphonic and big band concerts, opera and chamber music performances and jazz combo gigs, our staff and alumni also include a number of distinguished and award-winning composers, musicologists, arts leaders and pedagogues. They regularly present seminars, lectures, workshops and masterclasses as part of our public events programme.

There truly is something for everyone at NZSM. I encourage you to explore our website and warmly invite you to make contact with us soon.

If you believe music is an essential part of daily life as I do, I welcome you to our School to create, discover and experience music of all kinds.

Dugal McKinnon
Acting Director
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music