Waikato offers you the opportunity to study music with leading professional performers, composers, and musicologists at the Conservatorium of Music. Specialist facilities include the acclaimed Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber in the university's Academy of Performing Arts building.

Study Music @ Waikato

Music at the University of Waikato is dynamic and progressive in outlook. Students benefit from teaching by experienced practitioners who are not only highly qualified professionally but also are at the forefront in their fields nationally, and bench marked to top international levels in key areas.

You can study music as an academic subject, as a performer (vocal and instrument), or composer utilising contemporary music technology.

Music can be studied as a Major (or Minor) under:

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Communication (Major in Media Production)

Bachelor of Arts

Music papers can also be taken as elective papers in any degree at the university.

Study Options

Music Composition/Technology

Interested in writing concert music? Music for movies? Creating music videos? A symphony? An opera? Maybe you're a singer/ songwriter?

We teach creative skills and practical techniques that you can apply to the music of your choice.

You can opt to study this under the Bachelor of Communication (Major in Media Production) should you wish to combine contemporary music techniques with graphic design or media, or as a specialism under the Bachelor of Music.


Performance is offered for both voice and instruments.

Students on a path to becoming high level performers, recording musicians, or music educators can study voice, piano, cello, violin and flute with other instruments also considered on a case by case basis. We pride ourselves on achieving extremely high standards in all performance areas. One of our fundamental beliefs is that performance student's confidence and ability is improved exponentially, through public performance and we are proud to offer a range of opportunities for our students to perform before the public.

To study performance as a specialism under the Bachelor of Music requires an audition.

Performance Fellows

Tuition is available in a range of orchestral instruments including strings, winds, brass, percussion, piano and classical singing.

Our performance staff are among some of New Zealand's finest musicians and teachers. All are active nationally and internationally as performers and recording artists.

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School of Arts

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Phone: 0800 800 145

General Enquiries

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