Music Studies

Music studies is about understanding and appreciating music in its variety of forms and styles.

Studying in this area involves learning about music from different times and places.

This includes the history of music and its role in Western and non-Western civilisations.

Music Studies may also include music theory – to better appreciate how music is composed and performed.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Music producer
  • Music publisher
  • Music director
  • Music teacher
  • Music critic
  • Music journalist
  • Instrument salesperson
  • Music industry executive
  • Band manager
  • School music teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


103% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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