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.

NZSM is primarily situated in Wellington, the arts capital of New Zealand, and 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

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music is led by Euan Murdoch who began as Director of NZSM in January 2015..

Our history

NZSM is a fully-owned School of Victoria University of Wellington. From 2006 until 2014, NZSM was a joint venture of Massey and Victoria Universities, drawing upon the long history of music education provided by the Victoria University Music Department and Massey Conservatorium of Music .

Our mission

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

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.