Student information and resources
Please note that Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music endeavours to ensure that the information contained on this page is accurate and up to date. The resources here are subject to a continuous process of review and the information covered here may change.
General Information for NZSM students
Below you will find practical information relating to your study at NZSM. For information about general student services at Victoria University, including information about IT access, student ID cards, library services, and health and counselling services, please see Victoria University's student support services pages and the New Student guide.
Details of the content and requirements of your papers/courses are given in the Course Outlines which will be posted on Blackboard, the web-based facility for students and staff to which you will be introduced by your lecturers at the first class for each course you are taking.
For details of NZSM's programmes, events, activities, scholarship information and much more, see other pages on the NZSM website www.nzsm.ac.nz.
All students of the New Zealand School of Music are legally bound by the student policies and procedures of Victoria University of Wellington. Details of these can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/home/about/policy/students.
Our Name - Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM)
Te Kōkī is simply translated as the 'Dawn Chorus'. The name Te Kōkī was gifted to NZSM to acknowledge a source or musical inspiration and to provide it with a distinctive 'Aotearoa-New Zealand' flavour.
The terms ‘NZSM’, ‘Te Kōkī’, ‘New Zealand School of Music’, the ‘bird’ logo and the logo and statement have specific guidelines and rules around their use. While they should be used for any event or activity hosted, presented, sponsored or supported by NZSM, they should only be used within these guidelines and rules. The NZSM Engagement and Events Coordinator or your Programme Leader can advise you further.
NZSM Office Details
Main Music Block, Gate 7 Kelburn Parade
Phone: +64-4-463 5369
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Student queries, issues or concerns
If issues arise of a nature that cannot be resolved through discussion with your teacher or Course Coordinator (in the case of a class-taught course), in the first instance please approach your Programme Leader for the course where you have the query or issue. Note also that the University has a system of student representatives, who can convey anonymously to the Course Coordinator any concerns class members may have.
After these options above have been explored, Euan Murdoch, the Director of NZSM, is available to speak with you. In this case, please contact Marcia McNab, the Executive Assistant to the Director on (04) 463 5342 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
To ensure the process is as speedy as possible, please ensure any complaints or issues are well documented to date before approaching the Director.
The Victoria University of Wellington Student Association (VUWSA) is available for support to NZSM students.
NZSM buildings are open from approximately 8am until approximately 6pm, Monday to Friday. After-hours access is available at all other times with a swipe card (your Victoria University ID card). Your swipe card will automatically be activated once your fees are paid.
Change of contact details
It is highly likely that while studying at NZSM you will change your contact details at least once! If your circumstances change, please update your contact details on MyVictoria http://my.vuw.ac.nz, otherwise staff may not be able to contact you with important information.
NZSM is not responsible if you lose any of your personal effects, or for any theft that takes place while belongings are left unattended. Doors must not under any circumstance be propped open after hours - this endangers other students’ safety and poses a security risk to NZSM facilities, which may result in after-hours access being curtailed.
Security phone number: 04 463 5398 (or 8888 from an internal phone in an emergency)
Computer rooms/ keyboard labs
For general wordprocessing and web browsing, please use the computers in the Kelburn library or other locations on campus.
The School has two keyboard labs: room 202 (next to the Reception) and in 90 Fairlie Tce, room 001. These labs are available to all students with a priority to students working on their ear training, and they are accessible via swipe card, when classes are not being held in there. Access to this area of the building is limited to the hours of 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday. Generally, the main Music Block is open on Saturday mornings due to activities being held in the Adam Concert Room. If you cannot access the building during these times, you will need to contact Campus Safety at 4 Wai-te-ata Road. The lab at 90 FT is not available at the weekend.
Please note the NZSM adheres to strict copyright law. Do not copy more than 5% of any book or copyright material.
There is no free photocopying available for undergraduate and non-research postgraduate students at Victoria University of Wellington.
Student photocopying is available in the NZSM Kelburn foyer, and at the VUW Library and computer labs, among other places, at Kelburn. You will need to use the docupos machine to load money onto your ID card in order to pay for photocopying. A docupos machine is available in the NZSM Kelburn foyer.
There are a variety of lockers available. These are allocated by the NZSM Office. Please come to the NZSM office to request a locker. Those lockers that have a key provided by the NZSM will require a $15 bond. Students will be asked to empty their lockers at the end of the 2nd trimester. Locks will be cut and lockers will be emptied after 16 November. Students will have to make a special request to retain their locker over the summer period.
91 Kelburn Parade has two general instrument storerooms – located near the combo rooms. These are kept locked at all times. You can obtain a key for $15 from the NZSM office. Alternatively there is a key in the office that can be borrowed and brought back each time.
Use of facilities and practice rooms
NB: Non-NZSM students may not be brought into NZSM building for rehearsals or otherwise without prior permission from NZSM.
Students are not permitted to teach private students on campus.
All practice room bookings (Level 1 of the main music block and 91 Kelburn Parade) are made online at https://www.bookingbug.com/home/123741-New-Zealand-School-of-Music. This link is available on our Facebook page and via our website (www.nzsm.ac.nz).
Only students in particular courses can book these practice rooms and you will be loaded into the system before teaching begins for the year.
There are strict room booking rules that must be followed by all entitled students.
Please be considerate when using the practice rooms. Don’t play too loudly, as it may disturb those around you and / or damage the equipment. For example if you are a jazz student wanting to play funk / fusion style, please use the room with the appropriate drum kit; other kits are bop kits and will not stand up to the punishment.
The following rooms are booked over the counter at the NZSM Office: Rooms 109, 110, 113, 211, 209, ACR, and the Lilburn Studios. All these rooms follow the room booking rules outlined on the counter.
Student common room/ kitchens
There is a student common room and kitchen located in the courtyard of the main NZSM building and on the second floor of 91KP. Use of these rooms is a privilege. Please keep them tidy at all times.
Video and audio recordings and images
On occasion, and especially during performance and assessment events, video, audio or photographic images may be recorded by NZSM staff. NZSM may wish to use these recordings or images for promotional, informational or archival purposes: on the NZSM website, facebook page, Flickr or Vimeo channels, in brochures, posters, guides or advertisements. Students have the right to request that these recordings NOT be used for anything other than assessment purposes.
In the case of printed materials, NZSM will make all reasonable efforts to gain specific permission to use images. Where images or recordings have been published on websites, students have the right to request that they be removed by applying to the NZSM Engagement and Events Coordinator, NZSM Leadership Group or their Programme Leaders.
The consumption of food and drink in any lecture, tutorial, practice and laboratory rooms plus the Adam Concert Room is prohibited at all times. Students are not permitted to bring or consume alcohol or drugs in any of the teaching or performance areas of the School.
Please use the link below to access the Student Conduct Statute:
Victoria University of Wellington operates a non-smoking policy on campus.
In general, Victoria University does not permit smoking under cover ways, atriums, or within three metres of any building. The open courtyard on the second level of the School of Music premises at Kelburn is considered to be part of the building and is consequently a non-smoking area.
The full smoking policy can be viewed here: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/documents/policy/facilities-management/archive/archived-smokefree-environment-policy-20070625.pdf
The NZSM Leave Policy will be distributed to all students via Blackboard at the start of Trimester 1
If you are away due to illness, please leave a phone message with your Programme Administrator, who will notify your lecturers. You must bring a medical certificate for the period of absence to your Programme Administrator as soon as possible after you return to classes.
If illness is likely to prevent you completing the final assessment for a course in performance, you can apply to your Programme Leader to have your assessment delayed, but if you have already had your quota of lessons for the course, you will not be entitled to extra lessons. If you have missed more than 20% of classes and lessons, the Programme Leader may recommend you withdraw from the course. Note that delayed assessment for one student may not be granted if the whole group is to be assessed.
In the case of written work, extensions may be granted by the Coordinator of the course concerned. If for reasons of illness or adverse personal circumstances you cannot complete your final piece of assessment for the course, or its preparation was impaired, you can apply for an aegrotat pass in the whole course. In general, it is better to seek an extension for the final assessment. Please note that for performance courses assessed by recitals, an aegrotat cannot apply. For both performance and written work, extensions for any work beyond the final exam period require the approval of the Director, NZSM. See the assessment handbook for further details: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/documents/policy/staff-policy/assessment-handbook.pdf
NZSM Guidelines for Presenting Academic WorkThe NZSM Guidelines for Presenting Academic Work [PDF 310KB] is a style and format guide to ensure that your academic presentations, at every level, meet expected standards. The Guidelines have comprehensive and detailed information on:
- Formatting documents presented for assessment
- Footnotes – when and how to use them for a wide array of source materials, from books and articles to videos, internet and translations
- Bibliographies – style
- Further hints including abbreviations, contractions, numbers, dates, pitch, music terminology, language, and titles of musical works
- Formatting documents presented for assessment
Plagiarism and how to avoid it
Academic integrity is about honesty and put simply it means no cheating. All members of the university community are responsible for upholding academic integrity, which means staff and students are expected to behave honestly, fairly and with respect for other at all times. Lying, stealing and misusing others’ academic work are not acceptable. Plagiarism is a form of cheating which undermines academic integrity and is prohibited at Victoria.
Academic integrity is important because it is the core value on which university learning, teaching and research activities are based. See the Academic integrity and plagiarism page on Victoria's website.