You can study a Bachelor of Music at the School of Music, which offers a range of classical, contemporary and theoretical study options. You will learn from accomplished teachers, practising performers, composers, musicologists and visiting artists.

Alternatively, you can complete a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music.

Areas of study

Classical Performance: This major offers you the opportunity to specialise in performance of classical music on your chosen instrument:

  • Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone
  • Harp
  • Percussion
  • Piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ
  • Trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium
  • Violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Voice
  • Early music

You will be encouraged to extend your practical performance experience through participation in chamber music and other ensembles, such as choirs and orchestras.

Composition: This major offers you a chance to interact with leading New Zealand composers who teach at the School of Music. Learn the theory and skills you will need to become a composer, arranger, recording supervisor, sound artist, critic, editor or radio producer.

Jazz Performance: This major offers you the chance to be taught by some of New Zealand’s leading jazz exponents and receive training in performance techniques. Courses cover all aspects of the genre, including musicianship, technology, history and theory, composition and arranging, improvisation and ensemble.

Musicology: This major enables you to undertake courses designed to develop your music understanding, writing and music analysis skills. Through coursework, you can develop a high-level skill base that will help to prepare you for teaching, journalism and other roles involving writing and speaking about music.

Popular Music: This major offers you the chance to learn from some of New Zealand’s leading music industry professionals. It will help you to develop the fundamental skills required for writing, arranging and performing popular music. It will also introduce you to the workings of the popular music industry. You will develop your performance skills while you cover diverse topics such as music technology and production, arranging (strings), musicianship, theory and popular music analysis, and the history of popular music.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music is for students intending to focus on the study of music as a part of Western culture and as a particular activity within the humanities.

Areas of study include

  • Musical skills and analysis
  • The history of music
  • Music as part of Western culture and popular music

You can study Music in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) focuses on a range of competencies to broaden your employment possibilities. You choose courses to suit your interests and career aspirations. Your choice may be by musical genre – classical, popular or jazz; or by discipline – performance, composition or musicology.

Through studying Music as part of your Bachelor of Arts, you can gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Western musical techniques and styles. You can study the fundamental skills of harmony, counterpoint, aural and keyboard skills and analysis. You also have opportunities to participate in the choir or orchestra. You may be able to take Music courses as part of the non-Arts points permitted in the BA programme.

Career opportunities

As a BMus graduate you will have the relevant professional expertise for an extensive range of career opportunities, both at home and overseas. These may include composing, arranging, performing, conducting, teaching, music journalism, working in radio/TV and the recording industry.

A BA with a major in Music could lead to a career in education, music libraries, broadcasting, sales and music journalism.

More information

Find out more about studying in the School of Music.

Find out more about studying Music as part of a Bachelor of Arts.