School of Music

The School of Music offers an exciting range of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in performance, composition, digital music, ethno-musicology, music history and research, musicianship and music education. The new Bachelor of Music Degree to be rolled out in 2014 opens up a wide range of opportunities and pathways for students.

UC Innovators' winning ideas announced

5 February 2016 UC Innovators' Summer Start-Up Programme has announced the winning student ventures, coinciding with the official opening of the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. (read article)

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New Bachelor of Music Degree

Bachelor of Music Degree

The School of Music has introduced a Bachelor of Music degree. The degree has been constructed to address a broad range of career needs of aspiring professional musicians.

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School of Music Newsletter

Fresh and local .... Music on your doorstep.

Keeping you up to date with music events involving current and past staff and students

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Partnership with CSM

The University of Canterbury has announced a key partnership with the Christchurch School of Music

New Head of School Associate Professor Glenda Keam

Head of School Associate Professor Glenda Keam

Glenda Keam a composer, teacher and respected leader has joined the School of Music staff.

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‘Study at master's level is giving me a much greater appreciation of the jazz culture...’

Jennine Bailey Studying towards an MA in Music
Vocal Tutor, CPIT Jazz School, Christchurch
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Application forms for 2016
  • Application form for Performance Course in Music - (PDF, 362KB)
  • Application for MusB (Hons) Performance Audition - (PDF, 187KB)
  • MUSA 120 Notated Composition 1A, MUSA 121 Songwriting 1 (PDF, 139KB)

Announcements and Events

UC doctoral student named conductor of CYO

23 Dec 2015:

A University of Canterbury doctoral candidate will take up the baton next year as the new conductor of the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra (UC-CYO). The new UC-CYO conductor, Helen Renaud, is well known in Christchurch musical circles and will take up the role early 2016. Read more...

UC Arts Graduate Directs Music for The First Quarter

4th December 2015: Arts graduate Nicola Hew is the Musical Director for Riccarton Players’ The First Quarter, a montage of songs from musicals such as Oliver, The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Blood Brothers and many more. Read more...

UC People Elected to Australasian Music Education Association

9 October 2015: Adjunct Associate Professor David Sell presented a paper at the recent 37th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) held at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, September 24 to 27. Read more...

Keam and Cree Brown Attend ISCM in Ljubljana

9 October 2015: Associate Professors Glenda Keam and Chris Cree Brown have just returned from Ljubljana, where they were involved in the World Music Days of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Read more...

UC Music Has Two NZ Trio Competition Winners

2 October 2015: Lecturer Alex van den Broek and third year composition student Matthew Everingham were recently announced among the ten winners of the inaugural NZTrio composing competition. Read more...

UC School of Music Diamond Jubilee Performance

2 October 2015: On the 26th of September the Christchurch School of Music celebrated their Diamond Jubilee with an evening concert in the Isaac Theatre Royal, including a performance from the University of Canterbury Christchurch Youth Orchestra. Read more...

Scholarship Music Workshop Held For Secondary Schools

2 October 2015: On the 16th of September, Head of Music Associate Professor Glenda Keam presented a Scholarship Music workshop to eleven students and five teachers from six local Secondary Schools. Feedback from the workshop was extraordinarily positive. Read more...