Undergraduate auditions

Find out everything you need to know about the New Zealand School of Music’s undergraduate audition process, including application and preparation.

Audition process

You will audition in front of a panel of New Zealand School of Music staff. Most auditions will have performance, skill testing and theory components.

Afterwards, there may be a short interview to get to know you better. You can expect to discuss your experience and career aspirations.

International students should contact Wellington University International before auditioning.

Prepare for your audition

Read the requirements for your instrument to plan your performance and prepare for other tests.

If you are applying to study a Bachelor of Music in Classical or Jazz Performance, you will also sit a Music Theory Test when you audition.

Classical Performance requirements

Download the undergraduate classical performance audition requirements.


Classical musicians are encouraged to bring their own accompanists. If necessary, the New Zealand School of Music can provide an accompanist, however, you must send a copy of the accompanying music with your application form. You’ll have a brief rehearsal with the accompanist before your audition.

Voice students

Your audition pieces must be performed from memory.

Piano and guitar students

Preference may be given to candidates who play from memory.

Jazz Performance requirements

In these compressed files you will find chords, audio files and an outline of your audition requirements.


Contact music@vuw.ac.nz if you have any questions about your application or audition repertoire.