NECOM employs a team of 30 highly qualified and accredited music educators who, through our “conservatorium without walls” model, deliver classroom, ensemble and instrumental programs across the region.

As the NSW Department of Education’s preferred provider of music education and curriculum support services for government schools in the region, we deliver over 25,000 hours of teaching and peripatetic instrumental services each year, including:

  • music education activities that implement the NESA syllabus
  • individual and group music tuition in schools
  • leading and developing band, choral and ensemble programs
  • designing and delivering gifted and talented programs
  • conducting programs in rural and remote schools via video conferencing.

We proudly partner with the following schools in our region to deliver high-quality music education programs:

Armidale City Public SchoolO’Connor Catholic College
Armidale Secondary CollegePresbyterian Ladies College
Ben Lomond Public SchoolRocky River Public School
Ben Venue Public SchoolRoss Hill Public School
Black Mountain Public School St Joseph’s Primary School, Mungindi
Glen Innes Public School St Patrick’s Primary School, Walcha
New England Girls School The Armidale School
Newling Public School Armidale Waldorf School

For more information and to discuss your school’s needs, please call our office on 6788 2135.


We host a series of syllabus-aligned workshops and masterclasses to support teachers and schools to achieve the best possible outcomes for their students.

These include:

  • HSC Music & Performance Workshops
  • Elective Music Composition Workshops
  • Musicology & Aural Skills Examination Preparation
  • Junior Orchestra Workshop for Years 3-9
  • Year 9 & 10 Music Days.


Working in partnership with the Armidale Music Teachers’ Association, we offer all schools in our region access to free teacher mentoring to support generalist and specialist primary and secondary teachers to develop and implement music programs in their classroom.

This may include:

  • 1:1 HSC mentoring and support
  • Curriculum consultation and advice
  • Teaching resources and lesson plans

For more information, please call our office on 6788 2135.


NECOM’s Chamber Music in Schools program is a unique, informative and inspiring live musical performance, delivered at your school by local professional musicians and educators from Armidale.

Students have a chance to listen to, meet and interact with the performers during the presentation as they perform on a variety of different instruments. They may even get to join in for a song or two!

The live performance is supplemented with integrated teaching and learning resources, providing teachers with curriculum-aligned lesson plans to complement the live concert. Each performance we deliver at a school incorporates a teacher from that school – this helps to extend student engagement and builds the confidence of teachers to incorporate music in their classrooms.

No school is too big or too small for NECOM’s Chamber Music in Schools program with our performers travelling as far and wide as Hernani, Gilgai, Yarrowich and Mungindi.

If you would like to book in a Chamber Music in Schools performance for your school, please get in touch via NECOM’s website, or by phone. We look forward to hearing from you, and can’t wait to perform at your school soon!

What is Chamber Music in Schools?

For many schools the cost of bringing professional musicians to their school, or transporting their students vast distances to attend concerts, is prohibitive. At a very reasonable cost of $5 per student, NECOM’s Chamber Music in Schools gives many schools and students their only 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, ADFAS Armidale and Jean Wilson bequest NECOM is able to send a Trio to those remote schools with very small student populations to ensure that no child misses out.

Over the past couple of years, the Trio 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:

Please get in touch with Eliza Scott:, or call 02 6788 2135