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Adult Beginner Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Woodwind

The Adult Beginner Orchestra is a relaxed and fun daytime orchestra for beginner adults. All instruments welcome.

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Anna Maitland, flute teacher, Nelson

Anna Maitland

Instruments: Flute, Music Theory, Recorder

Anna fell in love with the flute as a young child and began her formal education aged eight. She is committed to creating a fun, stimulating learning environment that supports her students to feel a sense of joy and pride in their learning and music making.

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Annabelle Laing, Flute & Recorder teacher Nelson

Annabelle Laing

Instruments: Flute, Piano, Recorder

Annabelle began piano aged 4 and flute aged 8, working her way through Trinity and ABRSM exams on both instruments. Growing up she was very involved in the orchestral pathway and Chamber Music within the Christchurch School of Instrumental Music. After gaining a B.Sc in Zoology at Canterbury she then went on to complete a 3 year Diploma in Flute Performance in Wellington. Since then she has been an itinerant flute specialist in several provincial centres around the country while raising a family. Resident in Nelson for 20 years, she teaches flute, piano and recorder in both Primary and Secondary Schools, Preschool music at NCMA and has a home studio.

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Anne Shearer, piano teacher, Nelson

Anne Shearer

Instruments: Piano

Anne began piano lessons in Wellington and passed her LTCL piano teaching diploma in Nelson under the tutelage of Kathleen Barnett. She became a member of the IRMTNZ in 1992 and has over 30 years experience at teaching both children and adults from beginner through to diploma level. Anne is an experienced accompanist. She has worked at all levels accompanying singers, instrumentalists and choirs. She currently accompanies a community choir and enjoys the challenge of new and varied music.

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Annemieke Harmonie

Instruments: Harp

Annemieke has studied the classical harp for 15 years with different teachers in Holland. She played in the North Holland Youth Orchestra. She then travelled the world with a Celtic Harp and collected a wealth of folk music from different countries. She performed the harp world-wide and made 6 CDs.

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Beginner Youth Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Woodwind

By popular demand, we have created yet another youth orchestra! Our Beginner Youth Orchestra caters for children just starting on their music journey who have begun to learn an instrument and who can read basic music. Perfect for students in the Free Beginner Classes and basic Affordable Group Classes.

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Brett Smith

Instruments: Guitar

Brett has had a passion for and been involved in music and the performing arts from a young age. The guitar was always the instrument he wanted to play and embarked on the journey whilst at primary school. He is forever learning new things and enjoy passing this knowledge on to others who wish to learn.

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Cello – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Cello

Lessons are designed to give students a solid introduction to the cello.

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Cello – Free Beginner Class

Instruments: Cello

Lessons are designed to give students a solid introduction to the cello.

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Chris Pierson

Instruments: Drums

Chris has had a long association with NCMA (17 years) teaching drumset and performing in many festivals. In addition to his teaching practice, Chris is an active performer playing locally & touring with the artists Sharon O'Neill, Midge Marsden, & most recently The Exponents.

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Christine Foot, violin teacher & viola teacher, Nelson

Christine Foote

Instruments: Music Theory, Viola, Violin

Christine studied violin at the Nelson School of Music in the 1970s. She graduated with a BA from Otago University and from Christchurch Teacher’s College with a Diploma of Teaching. She also has an LTCL in violin performance. She has worked as a secondary school music teacher and an itinerant teacher of violin and other instruments in both secondary and primary schools, as well as private teaching and professional performing.

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Clarinet – Adult Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Clarinet

It’s never too late to start a musical instrument. These classes are designed for adults to have a go at something new in a group situation.

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Clarinet – Free Beginner Class

Instruments: Clarinet, Woodwind

Our free beginner classes for clarinet allow our students to learn in a small group at no charge. This is a great introductory music class allowing children to get a taste of the clarinet.

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Classical Guitar – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Classical Guitar

Affordable group classes for classical guitar provide a cost effective option to learn in a small group setting. Classes will run depending on interest and require a minimum of 3 students.

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Classical Guitar – Kids Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Classical Guitar, Guitar

This class is suitable for students who would like to read music for the guitar.  The eventual goal will be to play solo classical guitar pieces and play in a guitar ensemble - this being a fun way to learn how to read music and play the instrument.

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Composition – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Composition

Learn to discover your voice as a composer and take inspiration from the diverse world of music and its extraordinary history while joining others on their own journey.

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Contemporary Guitar – Free Beginner Class

Instruments: Guitar

Our free beginner classes for guitar allow our students to learn in a small group at no charge. This is a great introductory music class allowing children to get a taste of the guitar.

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Contemporary Guitar – Kids Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Guitar

Affordable group classes for guitar provide a cost effective option to learn in a small group setting. Classes will run depending on interest and require a minimum of 3 students.

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Contemporary Guitar – Adult Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Contemporary Guitar, Guitar

Affordable group classes for contemporary guitar provide a cost effective option to learn in a small group setting. Classes will run depending on interest and require a minimum of 3 students.

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Craig Duffy, Piano teacher, Nelson

Craig Duffy

Instruments: Piano

Craig studied flute with Ewe Grodd in Nelson, piano with Kate Jourdain in Wellington, Dennis Trussel in Auckland and piano and composition with Amanda Handel in Sydney. He has attended numerous piano symposiums at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has been teaching piano for 20 years. He has performed in folk bands and played much ensemble music on both flute and piano. Craig also enjoys composing music his own music.

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Creative Improvisation for Kids

Instruments: Brass, Strings, Woodwind

Creative Improvisation for Kids is an exciting NCMA class for young players introducing basic improvisational concepts. This class encourages creativity, group interaction and musical fluency. Kids will love this class!

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Dayna Sanerivi

Dayna Sanerivi

Instruments: Contemporary, Singing

After a successful start to gaining her Bachelor of Musical Arts at the Christchurch Jazz School, Dayna's studies were cut short due to the Earthquakes in 2011. Moving to Nelson in 2012 provided a fresh start and she quickly became involved with the Jazz Club and other musical projects. Shortly after arriving in Nelson she started a 70’s tribute duo called SoulD where she played the drums and sung alongside keyboard maestro Barry Korchewski. Working as a professional musician, she has sung on many different stages including the Nelson Jazz and Blues Festival, The Nelson Fringe Festival, The Granary Sessions for The Arts Festival, on The Pacific Jewel Cruise Ship, and she's toured Australia singing for The Nomad, just to name a few highlights. These days Dayna performs regularly as a solo piano bar entertainer.

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Drums – Adult Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Drums

Affordable Group Classes in stick control and rudiments for drumming and percussion, using snare drums and practice pads.

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Drums – Kids Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Drums

Affordable Group Classes in stick control and rudiments for drumming and percussion, using snare drums and practice pads.

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Elijah Burton Drums

Elijah Burton

Instruments: Drums

Elijah has spent the last decade investing in young people and their musical journeys. From church music to musical theatre, school bands to choirs, private lessons to band lessons, Elijah enjoys bringing music to life.

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Eric Simm, Voice Teacher, Nelson

Erica Sim

Instruments: Music Theory, Singing

Erica Sim, a Mezzo Soprano has been teaching voice for over 20 years. She recently stood down as National President of the NZ Association of Teachers of Singing (2013- March 2017) and is currently on the Council. Erica sings with Avid Opera, and is a regular soloist with the Nelson Civic Choir. Performances include: Elijah (Mendelssohn), Mozart Requiem, Stabat Mater (K Jenkins), Petite Sollenelle (Rossini).

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Fleur Jackson Violin

Fleur Jackson

Instruments: Violin

Originally from Nelson and an active musical family, Fleur has been playing and performing from an early age. At 10 she began lessons with Nelson’s own Margarita Jackson and in 2010 she completed a BA/MUSB under the tutorage of Jan Tawroszewicz and has been teaching ever since.

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Flute – Free Beginner Class

Instruments: Flute

Our free beginner classes for flute allow our students to learn in a small group at no charge. This is a great introductory music class enabling children to trial the flute.

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Flute Ensemble – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Flute

This group is designed to give flute players the opportunity to have fun playing together as part of a group at the same time as developing flute technique and ensemble skills under the guidance of an experienced flute teacher.

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Flute/Recorder – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Flute

These flute/recorder classes provide an affordable option for learning an instrument in a group setting. Classes will run depending on interest and require a minimum of 3 students so bring a friend and join the fun!  

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