Information for parents and whanau

The positive support of parents, whanau and friends can make a huge difference for a student who is working towards a degree in music. Tertiary study is a huge commitment in time, money and energy, but the rewards are equally huge.

There a many things you can do to support your a member of your family who is studying. There are also some key things you may want to know.

How can you support a studying family member?

Tertiary study often involves commitment over a long period of time - usually at least three years full time. During that time there are pressures to complete assignments or prepare for performances and recitals. This may involve at times working late into the night. While sometimes student life appears 'easy' because unlike a job or study at school, the amount of direct class time is often a relatively small part of the study. Music study at a university involves a lot of self study, be that reading, taking notes, or practising. There are some key things that you can do to support your family member studying with us:

  • Help free up time from family and home responsibilities where possible, or understand that sometimes study might have to be the top priority for certain periods of time.
  • Help find a quiet, useable space for study or practice.
  • Take an interest in your family member's progress.
  • Celebrate successes such as passing exams or getting a good grade for an assignment.
  • Come along to performances and recitals.

Things you may wish to know

What careers can music study lead to?

Music study is a wide area that includes performance, composition and music studies, as well as, in the case of NZSM, music therapy. Take a look at our careers page.

How long does it take to get a qualification?

A university bachelors degree usually takes a minimum of three years. We have other qualifications (usually for people who have a bachelors degree) that can be completed in one or two years. See our undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications pages.

How much will it cost to study?

Fees change each year so you'll find the most up to date information about tuition fees on our Fees page, and you'll also find more information there about Studylink (student loans).

What financial support including scholarships are available?

A number of scholarships are available each year – some are university scholarships; others are offered to students of exceptional ability or potential, once auditions have taken place.

Who can I speak to if I want to know more?

There are a number of key people who are happy to speak to you about anything to do with the school. See our contact us page.