Our school

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music combines the strengths and resources of Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington in a school of music that has the breadth and depth 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

Although the School is relatively new, having begun in 2006, we draw 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 management and leadership

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music is a limited liability company and so we have a Board of Directors. The School 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.