Frances Rae

Frances Rae, Obe Teacheer, Nelson

Frances Rae

Oboe, Percussion

Group marimba music - traditional, world and classical

Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, Advanced Certificate Oboe, Level One Orff training


Frances plays the oboe and has been a member of the Nelson Symphony Orchestra for about 30 years. She has taught the oboe to grade 6. Frances currently teaches the marimba and percussion classes at NCMA. She also established and runs the Percussion in Schools programmes at Victory and Stoke Primary school.

She also teaches the oboe, bassoon and marimba ensemble at Nayland College and general classroom music at Nelson Central School in the middle syndicate. Frances was instrumental in bringing the historic Edridge-Mclean hand bells into NCMA and will run a hand bell choir in 2018.

Skills and expertise

Frances’ percussion classes are group lessons which are fun, full of activity and lead to public performances on the marimbas. She uses both tuned and untuned percussion to introduce the fundamentals of music in an active way. Her lessons integrate:

  • movement
  • body percussion
  • improvisation
  • creating own music
  • rhythm
  • Orff techniques
  • Sol-Fa hand signs
  • drumming
  • pieces
  • mallet technique.