Mini Minstrels

Our early childhood Mini Minstrels classes for children and their parents will resume in Term 3, starting on Saturday 25 July. To ensure that kids, mums and dads stay safe NECOM is giving each enrolled child a FREE instrument pack valued at over $25 for their lessons and to take home during the week. This avoids any sharing of instruments during class and implements our Health and Safety Policy for the safe return to classes. Each child will have instruments suitable for their age from a selection of shakers, bells, scarves, mini drums, rhythm sticks and rattles.

Read through the information below 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 6788 2135 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.