School of Music

Welcome to the website of the University of Auckland’s School of Music, where we #preserveprogress!

Currently home to over 400 students, we are New Zealand’s largest music school at the tertiary level. Our five departments (Classical Performance, Jazz Performance, Popular Music, Composition and Musicology) provide not only a vibrant learning and research environment, but also contribute to Auckland’s exciting concerts and events scene.

Our staff include internationally renowned performers, composers and musicologists, and we are particularly proud of the wide range of opportunities that we can offer our students. This includes symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, a contemporary music ensemble, big band, small jazz and popular music ensembles, access to one of the finest collections of early keyboard instruments in the Southern hemisphere, and a superb library collection.

Strong partnerships with institutions like the Pettman National Junior Academy, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Music New Zealand and the Creative Jazz Club, as well as visiting local and international artists, enrich the day-to-day life of the school. Besides masterclasses from international guests like Michael Barenboim or Ramon Jaffé, one of the highlights of 2016 was a visit of Vladimir Ashkenazy. 

We welcome contact from prospective students at any level, music lovers, educators and industry professionals.

Associate Professor Martin Rummel
Head of School. 


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School of Music news

School of Music events

  • Lunchtime Concert Series (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    01 September 2017 - 29 September 2017, 1 - 2pm
    A free public concert series, proudly showcasing talented School of Music students in both individual and ensemble settings.
  • School of Music Festival (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    18 September 2017 - 01 October 2017
    The School of Music Festival is a fourteen-day celebration of music at the University of Auckland. The Festival will showcase the School’s diverse musical life and give an insight in the day-to-day life of students and staff.
  • Opera Scenes 2017 (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    22 September 2017 - 24 September 2017
    Opera Scenes is a snapshot of the future of New Zealand opera. Featuring talented students from the School of Music’s acclaimed voice programme and proudly supported by The Wallace Foundation.
  • Masterclasses // Workshops (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    22 September 2017
    Join our staff, guests and students as they explore music in a masterclass or workshop setting. NEXT EVENT: Our Voice | Composition Workshop.
  • Staff Recitals (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    25 September 2017
    School of Music performance staff members present a diverse range of programmes in ensemble settings. NEXT EVENT: DOG Jazz Staff Concert.
  • Fermata (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    27 September 2017, 5 - 7pm
    Fermata is a series of engaging public presentations throughout the year that highlight School of Music staff, students, national and international guests. NEXT EVENT: Sam Girling & Michael Weiss.


  • About the School of Music

    A brief history of the School, and information about facilities, resources and creative partnerships.

  • Study options

    Information on our degree programmes and how to apply to study Music at the University of Auckland.

  • Music academic staff

    View profiles and contact details of the teaching staff in the School of Music.

  • Research

    Some examples of research being undertaken by staff and students at the School of Music.

  • Meet our students and graduates

    Music students and graduates share their insights and experiences.

  • Chamber Choir

    Read about The University of Auckland Chamber Choir, a brilliant ensemble comprising current music students and professional-level artist practitioners.

  • Hire a performer

    Do you need performers for your next event?

  • Take a Tour of the School of Music

    A one hour tour taking in the School of Music's practice and performance spaces, and the specialist music library. Enjoy a weekly lunchtime concert, and chat to staff about our music programmes, facilities, applications and enrolment

School of Music

Building 250
6 Symonds Street, Auckland
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General enquiries: 09 923 4660

For further information contact:
The University of Auckland Student Information Centre
Phone: 0800 61 62 63