Plans were announced this week for the New Zealand School of Music to be run by Victoria University, replacing the current joint operation by Victoria and Massey. The announcement was made in a media release which didn’t highlight the takeover, but instead tried to move the focus to expanding music education.
Joint News Release – March 12
Massey and Victoria universities today announced that they are exploring opportunities to expand tertiary music education. The two institutions currently jointly operate Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), which was formed in 2006.
Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Hon. Steve Maharey, and Victoria University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Grant Guilford, stated they are both very proud of what the School has achieved in the areas of teaching, research and community engagement in the past eight years.
“To build on this success, and to ensure the long-term viability of tertiary music programmes, we are proposing that the current NZSM operation be run by Victoria University. Under this proposal all current employees would transfer to Victoria and all students would be able to complete their studies.
“In addition, Massey would develop a new programme in the area of popular music practice, music technology, and business-based music education.
“This proposed change would provide opportunities to streamline the operation and enable each institution to concentrate on its fields of speciality, while continuing to collaborate. It will also provide a clear pathway for future development,” the Vice-Chancellors said.
Staff and students are being asked to provide feedback on the proposals, and it is expected that any final decision would be made by the respective university councils later this year.