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VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, WELLINGTON New Zealand School of Music (Te Kōkī)







Street Address:

Level 4, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

Postal Address:

PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Three years. A fourth year may lead to the degree with honours. Studies include musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, composition. Bachelor of Music. Three years. A fourth year may lead to the degree with honours. Studies include performance (classical, jazz/popular), composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound design, music technology, music history.


Graduate programs


Master of Music. In performance (solo, opera), orchestral conducting, composition, sonic arts, musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, music education. Master of Musical Arts. In performance, composition, musical arts. Master of Music Therapy. Doctor of Musical Arts. Doctor of Philosophy.


Diploma program


Artist Diploma. For advanced performance. Graduate Diploma in Music.

Institution Notes:

Victoria University was founded in 1897. The School of Music (Te Kōkī) was formed in 2006 from the combination of the Conservatorium of Music at Massey University with the School of Music at Victoria University. The School is based at the Wellington campus but also offers programs at the Albany campus in Auckland and in Palmerston North. The School of Music houses the Adam Concert Room, a 200-seat auditorium with two Steinway pianos and a two-manual classical organ. There are four electronic music studios. An opera is produced each year and there is a flourishing early music program with a growing collection of early instruments as well as a Javanese and a Balinese gamelan. The NZSM Young Musicians Programme was established in 1999. It is a Saturday program offering gifted young musicians training to prepare for future tertiary study in music. It has programs including classical and jazz performance and composition. The Waiteata Music Press associated with the University is the prime publisher of music by New Zealand composers. A National Music Centre is being planned for the City of Wellington, involving the New Zealand School of Music, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Wellington City Council.

Last Updated:

March 2022