A welcome to Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music from our inaugural Director Professor Elizabeth Hudson
Our School was launched in 2006 as a joint venture between Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington, and quickly emerged as a leader in tertiary music study in New Zealand. We offer an outstanding range of possibilities for the study of music – for students just beginning their exploration of music as a field of study, for students at various levels of advanced study, and even for professionals who are seeking opportunities to strengthen and expand their qualifications.
The School encompasses traditional study as well as new approaches in the fields of performance, composition, and music research and scholarship. The breadth of programmes available at the NZSM provides opportunities for study unique in New Zealand, and establishes a creative environment for collaboration between staff and students from different areas of music. Students may bring together courses of study in composition, music studies and/or performance, or participate in papers that range among classical and jazz theory, history and performance, allowing a broad base of musical experience while still fostering the specialisation essential for further professional work in a particular area.
The sheer size of our curriculum, together with the excellence of our staff, offers students diverse avenues of musical exploration. Students can participate in a wealth of performance opportunities from fully staged opera to Javanese and Balinese gamelan ensembles; from the NZSM Orchestra to three NZSM Big Bands; from concerts in the Wellington Town Hall to participation in jazz festivals around New Zealand. The Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Music Studies offers students from diverse backgrounds a new kind of flexibility at the undergraduate level, inviting students to forge their own courses of study that combine disciplines in new ways.
Our distinguished staff are professionally active in New Zealand and internationally, and offer students the opportunity for training to an international standard of excellence. Students in residence at our principal Wellington campuses can participate in the vibrant life of the cultural capital of New Zealand, home to Te Papa, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington, Chamber Music New Zealand, the National Library and Archives New Zealand. Students who prefer to live in Auckland have the opportunity to study jazz at our Albany campus. For students who are interested in more flexible options, we offer a range of papers extramurally, primarily through Massey University.
Students who complete their NZSM programme of study will be awarded their degree of diploma jointly by Massey and Victoria Universities. Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Music as the major subject may enrol at either Massey University or Victoria University of Wellington. For the BA, or for other degree programmes at either university to which NZSM papers contribute, the university at which it was completed will award the degree. It is also possible to complete double degrees, such as a BMus at the NZSM and a BA at Massey or Victoria.
For students enrolled at either Massey or Victoria, we invite you to participate in NZSM papers to work with leading figures in jazz and classical performance, composition, or musicology, ethnomusicology, and jazz studies – while enrolled in other degree programmes. Interested students without previous training in music may wish to take a look at some of our 100-level papers, many without prerequisites, which offer an introduction to the varied paths that music study can take.
Information about new developments, papers and timetables, as well as up-to-date notices about performances, masterclasses and workshops, can be found on this site. If you can't find some information you require, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you to our community!
Professor Elizabeth Hudson
Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music
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