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.

Our history

NZSM was instituted in 2006 as 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. From mid-2014, NZSM became a fully-owned part of Victoria University of Welligton.

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 currently led by our Interim Director, Professor Emeritus Barrie Macdonald, and governance, management and decision-making are achieved through various committees and fora. Euan Murdoch has been appointed Director of NZSM and will take up this position from January 26, 2015.

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.