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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.


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—Te Kōkī.

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  • Classical Performance
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Instrumental/Vocal Composition
  • Jazz Performance
  • Music
  • Musicology
  • Music Studies
  • Music Therapy
  • Performance
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Sonic Arts and Music Technology

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  • Photo of all the composers from the competition

    2021 Lilburn Trust NZSM Composers Competition

    The 2021 Lilburn Trust NZSM Composers Competition was a celebration of a year of creative endeavour in the Composition Programme at the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī. The programme demonstrated the diversity and breadth of activity: finalists ranged from a work for solo erhu, to game audio, to a work performed on repurposed discarded electronics, to a large ensemble of winds, strings and percussion.

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    Orpheus in the Underworld

    NZSM’s production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld hit its straps  last weekend in the ACR.  Sadly, we couldn’t have an audience because of COVID-19 alert level 2 restrictions, but we are ever hopeful of inviting our loyal whanau back when we return to alert level 1.