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

  • Prize Concerts 2017 (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    28 September 2017
    A series of concerts where students compete for prizes donated to the school. NEXT EVENT: Anna Nathan Early Music Prize Concert.
  • Ensembles in Concert (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    01 October 2017
    Various School of Music ensembles prepare a range of works over the year. NEXT EVENT: Ensembles Marathon (final event).
  • Critical Edge for Doctoral Research 2017 (Creative Events, Architecture and Planning, Dance Studies, Fine Arts, Music) Event as iCalendar
    12 October 2017, 5 - 7pm
    A series of 12 events for Creative Arts and Industries doctoral candidates and supervisors, running from March to November. NEXT EVENT: Politicise your Thesis
  • Auckland Chamber Choir (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    13 October 2017, 7:30 - 9:30pm
    The University of Auckland Chamber Choir was formed in 2006 as an ensemble to give young singers at the University of Auckland an opportunity to sing in a quality a cappella chamber ensemble. Directed by Associate Professor Karen Grylls.
  • Jef Neve | "Spirit Control" (Music, Creative Events) Event as iCalendar
    14 October 2017, 8 - 10pm
    Renowned Belgian jazz pianist Jef Neve presents his new album "Spirit Control" with New Zealand rhythm section Cameron McArthur, Ron Samsom, and The Black String Quartet. With thanks to Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa.
  • Jazz Students in Concert (Creative Events, Music) Event as iCalendar
    24 October 2017 - 25 October 2017, 7 - 9pm
    Jazz performance students present a mix of jazz standards, modern pieces and original works throughout the year. NEXT EVENT: Large Ensembles.


  • 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