WELCOME TO THE PETTMAN NATIONAL JUNIOR ACADEMY OF MUSIC

The Academy is New Zealand’s finest music school. Our uncompromising focus on excellence is informed by our awareness that excellence in performance is no simple matter. It is not enough merely to work hard. It is not enough merely to be talented. Our teachers are inspirational figures dedicated to bringing the best international methods and ideas to New Zealand students, surrounding them with like-minded people of outstanding musical talent, and helping them achieve the full realisation of their potential.

Music is one of the greatest and most demanding human arts. Its demands are exacting and its rewards are vast: we aim to take our students on a journey through both sides of this equation. We are all experienced professional performers and long-time teachers. (The skillsets are not the same. Students must have access to both.) We expect our students to apply themselves, and we also want to make sure they have fun.

We make no assumption about career choice, but we strive to equip all our students with the skills and experience required for success at tertiary level and beyond. We are confident that whatever field they enter, their lives will be richer for their time with us.

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“In art, the best is the standard. When you hear a new violinist, you do not compare him to the kid next door; you compare him to Sternand Heifetz.”

Ursula K Le Guin

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