Mini Minstrels

NECOM’s first on-line classes in Term 2 kick off for kids and their parents enrolled in the Mini Minstrels Program. Our Mini Minstrels teachers have been working non-stop preparing on-line lessons and fun music activities for kids and their parents that will bring lots of happy music making into your home. Enrol now for your weekly dose of music via the new NECOM Learning Hub.

On-line classes will be live via Zoom at the same times as scheduled classes and parents will need to download Zoom on their computer desktop/laptop or mobile phone/tablet. Each week their Mini Minstrels teacher will send them an invitation link that they just need to click and off you go!

Read through the information about the different classes on offer to suit every child and family, enrol and then bring the music into your home. If you have any questions please get in touch with NECOM Admin on 67882135 or email:

The Mini Minstrels Music Program, is an exciting and fun-filled introduction to music for children from as young as 6 months to Year 2 at school. Mini Minstrels provides an outstanding music education that gives children a life-long love of music and is the ideal springboard for their future instrumental or choral studies. NECOM currently offers Mini Minstrels classes in Armidale and Walcha.

Mini Minstrels is a sequential music program offered in three stages to match a child’s age and experience

Early-Childhood Music-in-the-lap classes for children 6 months to 4+ years with their family member
Minisingers Choral singing for school children in K to Yr 2 - check Choral Program for more info

Classes take place in a happy, fun-filled environment of games, songs, creative movement, dance, speech and rhyme, listening and playing untuned and tuned percussion instruments. The program establishes the key music skills and concepts required for a child to develop their musical interests and innate potential.

  • Skills – singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments, moving creatively
  • Concepts – beat, rhythm, tempo, pitch and melody, dynamics, form and tone colour

Music is the fundamental art for children. It is essential to their learning, concentration, aural perception and the way they comprehend the abstract. It allows the child to develop all the faculties that assist learning later on. Richard Gill, music educator, conductor.

Mini Minstrels Early Childhood Program - Armidale, Inverell and Walcha
For children, babies to 5-years, this ‘music in the lap’ program introduces the child and their accompanying mum, dad or grandparents to the fundamentals of music - singing, listening, playing percussion instruments, moving and responding creatively to music.  In addition to sequential age-specific classes, NECOM offers the popular Family Class enabling parents and siblings (babes to 4+yrs) to participate together as a family. Classes are offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings in Armidale, Thursday mornings in Walcha and on Friday mornings in Inverell.