The Bachelor of Music (BMus) is a specialised degree for music enthusiasts, offering academic, composition, or performance tracks to enhance skills in chosen areas. Ideal for those with musical talent and passion.

360 points, 3 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

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Why study a BMus?

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) is a specialist degree that will suit you if you have musical skill and ambition or just a sheer love of music. Choose an Academic, Composition or Performance based programme and learn different styles and techniques that build your skill-base in the areas of music that interest you.

Combining theory with practical tuition, you’ll have access to our specialist teaching facilities, including the acclaimed Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

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Career Opportunities

  • Advertising Executive
  • Arts Administration
  • Broadcaster
  • Composer
  • Film Music Producer
  • Journalist
  • Music Blogger
  • Music Retailer
  • Performer
  • Recording Artist

360 points, 3 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

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The three BMus majors are:

Academic Programme

  • Composition
  • Digital Music
  • Māori Musical Instruments in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
  • Māori Song and Dance in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
  • Western Music History

Performance Programme

  • Chamber Music
  • Performance
  • Performance Techniques
  • Western Music History

Composition Programme

  • Composition
  • Harmony 
  • Digital Music
  • Western Music History

Tuition is available in voice, piano, cello, violin, classical guitar, and a range of orchestral instruments.

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Learn from the best

Sharpen your musical talent with our acclaimed music staff in the Bachelor of Music program at Waikato. Benefit from ample public performance opportunities and access to a world-class performing arts venue, ensuring an exceptional learning environment.

Bachelor of Music with Honours


The Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMus(Hons)) involves two semesters of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. The BMus(Hons) comprises 120 points at 500 level, of which 30 points must be in research, normally a 30 point dissertation or an approved equivalent, specialising in either composition or performance. The BMus(Hons) is awarded with classes of honours.


In general, to be admitted to the BMus(Hons) you must have a B grade average in the 300 level Music papers of your undergraduate degree. Performance candidates must also have passed an audition. Admission criteria may vary so please consult the Music Graduate Adviser for specific admission criteria.
Music is also available for the BA(Hons).

BMus(Hons) specialisations

  • Composition
  • Performance

You may take up to 30 points from subjects listed outside the degree. You should discuss your intended programme of study with the Graduate Adviser in each of the Faculties or Schools concerned.

Big Band

Big Band Ensemble

Do you play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, drums, bass, piano, or guitar? Enjoy jazz singing? Collaborate with musicians and enrol in MUSIC122 or MUSIC227. Available to all university students who play a suitable big band instrument.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships.

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Te Pae Kōkako - The Aotearoa New Zealand Opera Studio (TANZOS)

This new, immersive MMus programme provides exceptionally promising young opera singers with international-level training and experience, from both national and visiting international tutors, and industry residencies in NZ and abroad.

Practical experience

The opportunities for you to practice through performance are endless. Have your compositions performed, or perform yourself, at any of our regular events including the annual Opera production, weekly lunchtime recitals, Friday performance hours and competitions such as the Lilburn Trust Student Competition Awards concert – to name a few.

We also have strong networks in the wider community, which gives you a wider range of performance opportunities.

Student Achievements

Students from Waikato's Conservatorium of Music are renowned for standing out on the world stage. They have excelled nationally in New Zealand's major music competitions, such as the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, the National Woodwind Competition and the Lexus Aria Competition, as well as on the international stage, for example the Beijing International Cello Competition and the Johanssen International String Competition in Washington DC.

Soloist Specialisation

The soloist specialisation is for exceptionally talented music students who have the potential to become successful international soloists. Every specialisation student has their own programme of study and we provide intensive one-to-one teaching to raise technical and interpretative skills, with a strong focus on performance skills. You'll develop your on-stage personalities through multiple opportunities to perform before live audiences, and participate in national and international competitions.

Admission to the soloist specialisation is at the discretion of the Convenor of Music. It is restricted to exceptional students who have:

  • been awarded a major prize at a recognised international or New Zealand competition;
  • performed a concerto with a professional orchestra, or a solo or chamber music concert at a major concert venue;
  • successfully completed the interview process.

The core undergraduate papers in the soloist specialisation are:


2024 BMus entry auditions for performance are now open for students to apply.

The deadline for the first round audition applications is 1 August 2023 and the first round of auditions is scheduled for 12 August 2023.

Note, all auditions will take place at the University of Waikato.

It is recommended that students intending to apply for a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship schedule their audition in the first round.

Find out more about University of Waikato Scholarships.

Second round of auditions will remain open until the end of November 2023.

View more information on auditions.

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