Chamber Music in Schools

“A truly educated mind has had music as part of its education. Every child in this country should have an opportunity to have a truly educated mind.” – Richard Gill

NECOM continues to offer its popular Chamber Music in Schools Program to schools right across the North West region this year. Schools are invited to host a ‘Chamber Music in Schools’ presentation this year to have a Trio of musicians to visit and perform at their school. The program is aimed at students up to Year 7 in school and is adapted depending on the level of the students.

We believe that all children should have access to quality music education, regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic circumstance. Our programs provide schools and teachers with resources and professional development opportunities to integrate music into their school’s culture and vision, as well as live performance experiences by NECOM musicians.

The Trio gives a 45-50 minute presentation of live music while the classroom teacher reads an accompanying script. The presentation gives students the opportunity to get up close and personal with professional musicians and their instruments, often their first time coming into contact with classical/orchestra music. The performance can be in a school classroom or a school hall, depending on student numbers. Each school will receive a free Resource Kit, prepared by Music educator Deidre Rickards OAM, with ideas for classroom music lessons. Depending on student numbers, the Trio can give 1 to 3 concerts at your school as required.

At a very reasonable cost of $4.50/student, NECOM’s Chamber Music in Schools gives many schools and students an affordable opportunity to meet, see and hear musicians play a variety of instruments (strings, woodwinds and piano) live and up close. With thanks to funding from the Department of Education, NECOM is able to send Trios to regional and remote schools, even those with very small student populations to ensure that no child misses out.
The Trio has performed in schools as far afield as Boggabri, Chandler, Croppa Creek, Dundurrabin, Graves End, Hernani, Toomela, Wee Waa, Yetman, as well as larger centres such as Armidale, Tamworth and Walcha. The Trio also performs in central school locations where other schools can participate or at Music Festivals or Creative Arts Day presented by cluster schools.

How to apply for a Concert Visit
1. Look at your school calendar and give us some suggested dates when a Trio may visit your school and present the program.
2. Confirm your student numbers and number of concerts you need.
3. Complete an application form and return it to NECOM (see details below).
4. Contact Nicky at NECOM first if you need to discuss dates before submitting your application – or 02 6788 2135.
5. After receiving your application, NECOM will contact you to confirm dates and arrangements.

Help Us Confirm the Concert Tour Schedule
The logistics of organising concert visits to schools across the vast north-west region are very challenging! To help us bring music to your school, please support this program by sending in your Application Form ASAP. First applications will be given priority on order of date receipt.

Download the Chamber Music in Schools Application Form here: Chamber Music in Schools Application Form

If you have any further questions, please contact NECOM on 02 6778 2135. We look forward to visiting your school.

Feedback from Participating Schools:
I really appreciated the enthusiasm of all performers and was transported listening to you play. Thank you for your continued support in bringing quality music to our school. Rosalind Oliver, Inverell Public School

It is inspirational to all involved to have live music of such a high standard played in their own classroom. Sally Spillane, NEGS

On the whole, the program was clearly written by someone with educational experience, which made it a lot more meaningful, the pace and choice of music was well thought out, and I know myself and the students would definitely like you to return. Kirsten Reid, Ben Lomond

The standard of the performance was world-class and elicited gasps of astonishment from the year 7 students. This initiative is outstanding and once of which NECOM can be justifiably proud. Repertoire and associated educational resources are exemplary and well-tailored to the age group. The cost of the event is highly accessible, meaning that the program has excellent potential to reach far and wide in the region and beyond. Keep up the good work. Bruce Myers, Armidale Secondary College


Worksheets for Listening Activities

Chamber Music in Schools from New England Conservatorium on Vimeo.