Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

During the COVID-19 crisis, NECOM continues to provide instrumental and vocal lessons.  Lessons will be delivered via on-line learning eg Skype/Zoom/Google Meet etc OR face-to-face. These options are to be negotiated individually between the teacher, student and parents to ensure that students’ learning continues by maintaining their normal music lessons/practice routines as much as possible.

NECOM offers instrumental or vocal lessons to children (usually 5 years upwards) through to adults by its experienced professional teacher-musicians in:
Brass               trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba
Strings             violin, viola, cello, double bass
Woodwind       flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone

NECOM provides two program options for enrolment that cater to the student's age and level.

1. Foundation Program
A wholistic program to nurture the full development of young musicians from the outset of their learning. For beginner children in K-Yr 6 learning a brass, piano, string or woodwind instrument. Program includes instrumental lessons, an accompaniment lesson and ensembles each term. Two-four solo and ensemble concerts are also included in the program. Scroll down for detailed information and an enrolment form.

2. Instrumental & Vocal Lessons Program
For students through to adults, this program offers individual lessons and concerts only. Students may opt to join an ensemble in addition to this program at an additional fee.

Foundation Program Details
For beginner children in K-Yr 6, the Foundation Program establishes the vital foundations needed to create young musicians who love music and confidence in performance. The sequential program provides the combination of experiences needed to lay down the best music foundations possible for young musicians - individual lessons with highly qualified and experienced NECOM teachers, ensemble playing, piano accompaniment tutorials and concerts. The program offers lessons in brass, piano, strings and woodwind. Enrolment includes:

  1. Individual lessons                   8 x 30 minute instrumental lessons each term is given at the NECOM campus or at schools (parents to receive approval from the principal)
  2. *Ensembles                            Weekly 45 minute tutorials with conductor/accompanist each term (Tues 4-4.45 OR Thurs 4-4.45pm)
  3. Piano accompaniment           1 x 30 minute tutorial with a NECOM accompanist each term (except in the case of the piano program)
  4. Concerts 2-4                          Solo and Ensemble concerts each year provide essential performance training
  5. Semester reports                   A progress report from the instrumental teacher

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons Program Details
Offered to students through to adults.

  1. Individual lessons                   9 x 30, 45 or 60 minute instrumental lessons each term is given at the campus by NECOM teachers or at schools
  2. Concerts                                 2-4 concerts annually  to develop confidence, stage presentation and performance skills
  3. Reports                                   Semester reports from instrumental/vocal teachers on students progress
  4. Ensembles (Extra)                   Options for intermediate and advanced ensemble enrolments (additional fee required)

Additional Benefits with Enrolment
Enrolment as a NECOM instrumental or vocal student provides the following benefits:
* subsidised instrument hire
* bursary assistance for students
* fee discounts for families with multiple children enrolled in programs
* scholarship masterclasses for talented students
* workshops with guest musicians and composers
* student workshops including scale parties, mock exam practice, audition techniques etc
* lessons at the NECOM Campus or in schools (parents must seek approval from the Principal)

2019 NECOM Educator Members
NECOM has a unique partnership with private studio teachers in Armidale and the region who offer lessons in addition to NECOM and in instruments that NECOM is not able to provide. If you are interested in learning an instrument from a private teacher please click on the link 2019 NECOM Educator Members.


Fees and Enrolment
Please contact the NECOM office on 6788 2135 to discuss any questions you have about choosing the appropriate instrument and teacher, fees and applications for bursaries or scholarships.