Study performance music

Apply to study performance music in 2019

The School of Music at the University of Canterbury prides itself on a highly interactive educational experience. As a student of performance music, you actively develop creative ideas and expressive skills which are applied to both older and contemporary repertoire.

A flexible approach

Our performance curriculum is tailored to the student to ensure you have the opportunity to develop your craft, gaining performance skills at the highest level. We recognize that in these exciting times of constant cultural shift, entering the world as a flexible and adaptive professional artist is crucial and we focus on the development of these skills. It is a holistic degree and can include a range of musical interests alongside performance. This opportunity to work between performance and composition, songwriting and digital music, enables an interdisciplinary approach to your art-making. Our full range of courses can be found here.

Opportunities to shine

As a UC music student, there are many opportunities to be involved in a wide range of public performances from first year onwards, often in collaboration with professors and teaching staff. We run an extensive public performance programme, with weekly concerts during semester time, frequently hosting active international performers to perform and work with students. You will be guided through your studies by our staff; cutting-edge international players, composers and researchers. Meet our School of Music staff.

It is also possible for music students to undertake a double degree, or to include music performance as a minor as part of a non-music degree. Read more about studying a Bachelor of Music

Auditions starting soon

Early auditions begin August 25-27th 2018, and main auditions are in October 2018. We would love to meet you and hear you play!

Apply now for performance music

(Applications for 2019 courses close 17 October, 2018)

Instrumental masterclasses - Sunday 26 August

We are delighted to offer instrumental masterclasses on Sunday 26 August, as part of our audition period. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to come along and work with your potential teachers, perform with your peers, and get involved in the UC Music community to see what it is all about. You do not need to be auditioning to attend, we’d love to see you there.

Strings with Prof. Mark Menzies – 10.30am-1.00pm

Voice (all types, including Classical, contemporary and jazz) with Zara Ballara – 2.00-4.00pm

Percussion with Dr. Justin DeHart – 5.00-7.00pm

Piano with Tim Emerson – 7.30-9.30pm

Auditions and masterclasses all take place in our city location in the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford St. The Recital Room is accessed via the wooden doors from the South Quad. A video with directions is available here.

For any inquiries about the masterclasses or auditions, please email: