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
  • Sonic Arts and Music Technology
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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2018: What's coming up?

Take a look at some of our major events coming up in 2018.

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Upcoming events

  • A Wayang for Cirebon

    The New Zealand School of Music is pleased to support this fundraising eventIn April 2018…

    Venue: Adam Concert Room

    Tickets $30. School aged children are free.

  • Opera Studies Day

    A one-day conference exploring the many aspects of opera

    Venue: Adam Concert Room

  • 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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Latest news

  • Simon Eastwood

    Premiere of Simon Eastwood's 'Infinity Mirror'

    On 18 May, Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings perform the world premiere of Infinity Mirror, a new work by Wellington composer and NZSM DMA student Simon Eastwood. The work was written specially for the two orchestras and was selected as the first ever SOUNZ Commission for Emerging Players.

  • Lucien Johnson

    A transcendent form of communication

    Graduating this week with a Doctor of Musical Arts, Lucien Johnson’s research examines Ethio-Jazz and explores the ways in which music can travel and be adopted by musicians in search of their own sense of identity and individuality.