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

Audition to study performance at NZSM in 2019

Our main audition round will be held in Wellington between 30 August–7 September, and applications are due by 20 July.

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Grammy-nominated American pianist to perform with NZSM students

Five-time Grammy nominated American pianist Shelly Berg joins the New Zealand School of Music Big Band and Orchestra to present An American in Wellington at the Michael Fowler Centre on Thursday 9 August.

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An American in Wellington

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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Upcoming events

  • China Crossing

    Contemporary and traditional music for yangqin (chinese dulcimer), sheng (reed instrument), Western chamber music instruments and taonga puoro.

    Venue: Adam Concert Room

    Free entry but registration essential on Eventbrite before 13 July

  • Concerto Competition

    The NZSM Concerto Competition is an annual event which sees some of our most talented…

    Venue: Adam Concert Room

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