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

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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Latest news

  • Donald Maurice

    Recovering Christoph Graupner

    After 200 years of being out of sight, the music of German composer Christoph Graupner is being rediscovered and re-evaluated, with the help of NZSM Professor Donald Maurice.

  • Denis Adam memorial concert

    A celebration to honour Denis Adam’s outstanding contributions to art and culture in New Zealand was held at the New Zealand School of Music - Te Kōkī last week.

  • John Psathas

    John Psathas appointed to Emeritus Professor

    Congratulations to Professor John Psathas who has been awarded the status of Emeritus Professor at the New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.