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

Upcoming symposium - Embodying and Performing Sound

In making sense of sound, we unfailingly rely on our bodies and on bodily metaphors, often unconsciously. This day conference on 6 April will explore the far-reaching principles and implications of embodying sound.

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Arm stretching upwards
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

  • Open Orchestra Reading: The Planets

    For this new event format, the NZSM Orchestra will play selections from Gustav Holst's The…

    Venue: Adam Concert Room

  • Lunchtime concert: TORU

    Formed in 2015, TORU is a dynamic chamber music trio comprised of Karen Batten (flute),…

    Venue: Adam Concert Room

  • Night Hub

    Transport yourself to the temples of Bali and courts of Java with this unique concert…

    Venue: The Hub, Victoria University of Wellington

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Latest news

  • Announcing our 2019 opera (or should we say operas…)

    Two operas will be performed by our students in 2019 – Puccini’s 'Suor Angelica' and 'Gianni Schicchi', two pocket-sized gems that will be presented as a double bill at the Hannah Playhouse from 19–21 July.

  • Dancer with gamelan ensemble

    Gamelan and Dance

    The New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (NZSM) invites you to another free Night Hub event, and it’s going to be a good one.