Our school

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington has the breadth and depth of music study available nowhere else in New Zealand.

Using the setting of Wellington, as the arts capital of New Zealand, we offer the highest standards of excellence in professional music fields (including classical performance, composition, jazz, music therapy, musicology, and ethnomusicology), and bring an international standard of music education to New Zealanders.

Our history

The School began in 2006, drawing upon the long history of music education provided by the Victoria University Music Department and Massey Conservatorium of Music. It is now fully owned by Victoria University of Wellington.

Our mission

Our mission is to be the pre-eminent provider of tertiary music education in New Zealand.

Our management and leadership

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music is led by our Interim Director, Professor Emeritus Barrie Macdonald, and governance, management and decision-making are achieved through various committees and fora.

Our research strengths

Research is a thriving part of the School and brings students, staff, academics and visiting artists together. Projects provide the creative vehicle to experiment, reflect and explore fundamental questions, which inform our practice as music professionals.

Our teaching staff

Our distinguished staff are professionally renowned and active in both New Zealand and abroad. They train our students to an international standard of excellence that is unparalleled in New Zealand.

Our alumni

Our alumni are highly regarded and actively contribute to the national music community both as musicians and cultural leaders.