Director's welcome

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 or musicologist, or you love music and want to include some courses within another degree, NZSM has the courses, lecturers and environment that will inspire and extend you. 

We offer courses of study from Bachelor’s to Doctoral level in Jazz, Classical Performance, Composition, Music Studies and also the only postgraduate degree in Music Therapy offered in New Zealand. We also run a pre-tertiary Pulse and Young Musician's Programme and are proud of the tremendous talent that our staff are working with and encouraging there.

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

As part of our instrument and ensemble teaching pool, we draw upon the experience and expertise of some of New Zealand’s finest players and teachers, notably a number of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra principals. Our artist teachers are drawn from some of the country’s top musical talent and we have as Artists-in-Residence the New Zealand String Quartet.

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 alumni include not only some of this country’s most successful performers but also a number of distinguished and award-winning composers, musicologists, teachers, to name but a few.

If you are considering studying with us, I encourage you to spend some time looking through our comprehensive website to see the opportunities available to you. There truly is something for everyone at NZSM. Our programmes offer a flexible framework that will allow you to define an appropriate pathway to higher qualifications. It is widely acknowledged that a music education encourages the development of a variety of transferrable skills that are relevant to a broad range of career opportunities.

Euan Murdoch
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music