NECOM is proud to offer a wide range of instrumental and vocal lessons with our team of highly qualified music educators – from beginner to advanced.

Lessons are usually delivered at our Armidale Teachers’ College campus during school terms, through can also be delivered in schools with prior approval.

Students can choose to specialise in classical, jazz, or contemporary / pop music, and from 30, 45, or 60-minute lessons.

Please contact our office on 6788 2135 to discuss any questions you have about choosing the right instrument or teacher.


Enrolling with us means you also have access to:

  • High-profile performance opportunities
  • A range of scholarships, bursaries and payment plans
  • Masterclasses and workshops with visiting musicians
  • Discounted instrument hire
  • Concessions for families with multiple enrolments
  • An outstanding team of piano accompanists
  • Student progress reports twice per year
  • A range of extension opportunities and ensembles
  • A community of over 400 other students and families.


Our Beginner Music Program is a specially designed sequential program for children that in addition to individual lessons, includes one session each term either with a piano accompanist or tuition in music theory.

When starting out, we suggest the following ages:

  • Strings – 5+ years
  • Piano – 5+ years
  • Wind and brass – 7 years +

It is highly recommended that students in our Beginner Music Program also join one of our Foundation string, wind, or percussion ensembles to support development, maintain motivation, and meet other students starting out on their musical journey.

We also have a large library of instruments available for hire, including string instruments of varying sizes to suits students as they grow.

Please contact our office on 6788 2135 to discuss any questions you have about choosing the appropriate instrument, teacher and ensemble for your child.


Each student will receive 9 lessons per school term. The following lesson times are provided as a guide to reflect a student’s age, number of years learning, their physical development, technical ability, and repertoire they would like to learn.

Beginner – 30 minutes – For students preparing repertoire up to AMEB Grade 1 (or equivalent)

Intermediate – 45 minutes – For students preparing repertoire AMEB Grades 2-4 (or equivalent)

Advanced – 60 minutes – For students preparing repertoire AMEB Grade 5 and above (or equivalent)

2024 Instrumental and Vocal Lesson Fees:

  • 30 minutes – $430 per term
  • 45 minutes – $644 per term
  • 60 minutes – $859 per term
  • 90 minutes – $1300 per term

Accompaniment Program

  • 30 minutes – $430 per term
  • 45 minutes – $644 per term

NECOM instrumental and vocal students will be eligible for a further 50% reduction on the already funded choral program fees in 2023.

Please contact our office on 6788 2135 to enquire about early-bird discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

Payment plan options are available.