Join New Zealand’s most renowned music school and benefit from our outstanding and comprehensive range of learning opportunities in music.

Study with professionally celebrated and internationally acclaimed staff in the beautiful capital city of Wellington, and take advantage of the many artistic and cultural opportunities on offer.

Entry requirements

Find out about the level of musical theory or ability required to study at NZSM.


Follow your dream to make music your career or study it to enrich your life. Learn at this country's leader in music education—the New Zealand School of Music.

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Available subjects

  • Arranging
  • Classical Performance
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Instrumental/Vocal Composition
  • Jazz
  • Music
  • Musicology
  • Music Studies
  • Music Therapy
  • Performance
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Sonic Arts and Music Technology

Meet our students

Meet some of the students studying at the New Zealand School of Music - Te Kōkī

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Lily Shaw

New Popular Music Studies minor

Explore and critically engage with local and international popular music and gain a ‘big picture’ understanding of the social, cultural, theoretical, historical and political contexts of popular music.

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Popular music studies
Wellington Town Hall

A national centre of musical excellence

Find out more about the major philanthropic campaign to create a world-class centre of musical, cultural and educational excellence in the capital city.

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More events

Upcoming events

  • NZSM Orientation

    A welcome for new students studying at NZSM in 2019.

    Venue: Music building, Victoria University of Wellington

More news

Latest news

  • Orchestra of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition (1889).

    Hidden women on the public stage

    Paris, Boston and Melbourne are just a few of the places New Zealand School of Music Associate Professor Dr Inge van Rij will visit as she embarks on the first stage of her Marsden Fund research on gender and culture in orchestras of the long 19th century.

  • 2019 National Jazz Workshops

    Game-changing NZ Jazz Workshops turn 40

    In mid-January, around ninety high school students from across the country came to the New Zealand School of Music for the 40th iteration of the National Jazz Workshops.