Young Musicians Programme

About YMP — Young Musicians Programme

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) at Victoria University of Wellington is our country’s pre-eminent provider of university-level music education, research, composition and performance, offering an outstanding range of possibilities for the study of music. The Young Musicians Programme (YMP) is part of the School’s commitment to share its internationally acclaimed staff, its music education values, and its high quality facilities and resources with pre-tertiary students.

Classes offered

Visit the YMP classes page for further information about the classes, entry level recommendations. Some classes have limited numbers.

  • Jazz
  • Composition
  • Grade 5 theory
  • Chamber ensemble coaching
  • Classical group classes in piano, woodwind, brass, voice, bowed strings and guitar
  • Aural skills.

Registration and YMP calendar

To register for 2017 YMP please see the class descriptions and calendar first to ensure this programme is the right one for you.

Who joins YMP

Students in YMP range from upper primary to secondary school age. They are passionate about music and want to expand their musical learning in an engaging and fun environment. Students range from three years or more playing experience (approximately Grade 3) through to diploma level and have an existing instrumental or vocal teacher. Chamber musicians will receive expert coaching: essential preparation for groups entering the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Chamber musicians should preferably register for YMP by 25 November either as an individual or as part of a pre-formed group. See Useful NZ youth music event dates for this competition and other.

What YMP offers

  • expert tuition from NZSM staff, NZSO players and other professional musicians and composers in high-quality facilities
  • classes with like-minded peers
  • a warmly encouraging learning environment and clear goals to help accelerate your achievement
  • concerts twice a year plus outside performance opportunities to enhance your performance skills
  • recordings of performances and compositions to NCEA requirements
  • one membership fee that gives you access to all classes you are eligible for.*

To register for 2017 YMP please see the class descriptions and YMP calendar first to ensure this programme is the right one for you.

See also Fees and scholarships.

*The Grade 5 Theory class has additional charges for the external examination and resources. The aural class has an extra resource charge.

Recent highlights

In 2016 two students performed in the regional final of the CMNZ chamber music competition. The Jazz Class combo performed at Meow, for the Wellington Jazz Club. Classical classes performed at St Andrews on The Terrace in September. Student composers heard their pieces come to life performed by NZSM’s ensemble-in-residence the Te Kōkī Trio in the superb Hunter Council Chamber.

Highlights in 2015 included two chamber ensembles reaching the final stages of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest and jazz combos winning nine awards at the Manawatu Jazz Festival. Chamber groups performed at parliament for Wellington’s 150-year capital city celebration.


PULSE is for young people aged 11–15 who want to explore creative ideas from all kinds of traditions through singing, musical games, movement and drama activities. It’s open to anyone who loves performing arts and it’s a brilliant opportunity to have fun, develop skills and make great new friends.

The Trimester 1 programme focuses on the production of a fully staged musical. Registration is now closed for Trimester 1 but will open again in Trimester 2.

PULSE is generously supported by Trinity College of London and students benefit from input on movement from the Royal NZ Ballet’s dance education team.

Application and auditions

Apply online.

Auditions are held for students new to YMP’s classical classes. This ensures the class is suitable for students and chamber ensembles are matched. Complete the online registration and attend an audition at a date and time to be arranged. Audition information will be sent after registration. Please email with any queries.

Contact us

For more information or enquiries about YMP contact the YMP Coordinator, Liz Pritchett: or