Musical Arts Education for All

At NCMA, our mission is to make education in music and the arts accessible, affordable and inclusive.

Musical arts education for everyone

With a long history in delivering music education across the Nelson-Tasman region, NCMA continues to offer an ever-growing range of classes and groups to meet the musical needs of our students.

Professional teachers who are accredited to teach at NCMA run all our classes and groups.

View our musical offerings and learn how they can help you on your own musical journey.

Individual tuition

With over 40 accredited teachers, teaching a wide variety of instruments, use our search tool to find the right teacher for your one on one music tuition. Think you’ve found the right teacher? Complete our enquiry form and we’ll get in touch to discuss your requirements in more detail and to line up your first lesson.

Please note that the cost of individual lessons varies from teacher to teacher, but is typically within the region of  $50-60 per hour. All payments for individual tuition are to be made directly with your teacher.

Free beginner classes for primary and intermediate school children

Our free beginner music classes are made possible thanks to a small annual grant from the Ministry of Education. These small group classes are intended to provide an introduction to music so that young people can get a taste of music and trial various instruments.

Visit our free beginner class page to learn more about the range of instruments on offer and to register your child’s interest.

NCMA music classes

At NCMA we offer various classes to suit everyone’s musical interests. Apart from preschool music classes we also offer a creative improvisation class for kids. For those moving on from our free beginner classes, our accredited teachers also run a number of small affordable group classes. Group classes are available for all ages and can be either attended to enhance existing skills or to learn a new instrument – for the latter, we also offer affordable adult beginner group classes. For more information please visit our NCMA Classes page.

NCMA music groups

An essential part of music education is learning the art of performance. At NCMA, we have many performance groups to support this vital aspect. From our Adult Beginner Orchestra through to our NCMA Chamber Orchestra for advanced players, there is something for all ages and levels. View our groups in more detail and complete our enquiry form if you’re interested in signing up.

All our groups and classes have been designed to be as inclusive and affordable as possible.

Found something you like?

If you are interested in private tuition or would like to join one of our classes or groups, please get in touch with us either by completing our online enquiry form or by calling us during working hours on 03 548 9477.

Student enrolment

If you sign up for a NCMA class or group, or your individual lessons are held at NCMA, we kindly ask that you to enrol as a NCMA student. For further information about enrolment, please visit our enrolment page.

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