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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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Advanced Electronic Music Production – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Composition, Electronic Music Production

This class gives students the opportunity to further refine their recording and editing skills using Logic Pro X on a Macintosh computer.

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Band Dynamics – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Keyboard

This class gives students the opportunity to develop musical and stagecraft performance skills within a contemporary band/duo/solo artist. There is also an opportunity to apply these skills in a live performance (Gig) context*

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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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Cello – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Cello

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

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Cello – Kids Free Beginner Class

Instruments: Cello

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

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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 – Kids 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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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 – 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 – Kids 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 – 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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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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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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Electronic Music Production – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Electronic Music Production

This class gives students the opportunity to create music using Logic Pro X on a Macintosh computer.

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Flute – Kids 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 – Kids 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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Greenhill Community Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind

NCMA’s Greenhill Community Orchestra is a friendly community orchestra for musicians who enjoy playing together and preparing for public performances. Lovely variety of music and all instruments are welcome, particularly brass!  

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Hand Bells Choir Ensemble – Adult Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Hand Bells

Have fun learning to play as part of a Hand Bell Choir using the NCMA’s historic Edrigde-MacLean Hand Bells. Immediately successful. No music reading skills necessary to start with. We will develop the ensemble playing skills needed to perform a variety of music.

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Intermediate Youth Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Woodwind

The Intermediate Youth Orchestra is the perfect bridge between our popular Junior Youth Orchestra and the more advanced Senior Youth Orchestra.  

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Introduction to Songwriting – Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Songwriting

This class gives students the opportunity to initiate, develop or refine their songwriting abilities. Guitar is selected as instrument of choice. However, most class material can be transferred and applied to a keyboard. NB: Its recommended that students can play open-chords on a guitar to a basic proficiency i.e. to recall and play a minimum of 3 different chords  

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Junior Youth Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind

Our Junior Youth Orchestra is a fun orchestra for primary & intermediate children with music arranged to suit all levels and instruments from beginners to grade 3. No auditions!  

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Marimba Ensemble – Adult Affordable Group Class

Instruments: Marimba, Percussion

Have fun learning to play as part of a marimba ensemble using the NCMA percussion instruments. Immediately successful. No music reading skills necessary. Develop the ensemble playing skills needed to perform a variety of styles of music.

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Music Box – Kids Affordable Group Class

Instruments: General Music Experience

When we sing, when we move, when we play in a musical context, we explore the fundamental elements of music. Using song, dance and creative movement, body percussion, tuned and untuned percussion, creative storytelling and poetry we lay a strong foundation for musical development.

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Music Theory – Affordable Group Classes

Instruments: Music Theory

These classes provide an affordable option for learning music theory 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! Please note that students working towards sitting their Grade 5 ABRSM theory of music exam will be required to purchase their own workbook.  

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NCMA Chamber Orchestra

Instruments: Cello, Double Bass, Strings, Viola, Violin

Our chamber orchestra offers an opportunity for advanced players to perform as a group. Membership by invitation.    

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NCMA Youth Jazz Orchestra in association with the Nelson Jazz Club

Instruments: Double Bass, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet

Our NCMA Youth Jazz Orchestra in association with the Nelson Jazz Club, gets together on Mondays as part of the NCMA Jazz Pathway. It is an 18-piece big band for players under 19 years old.  

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Nelson Guitar Orchestra

Instruments: Guitar

The orchestra is for classical guitar, around grade 3 level. Miles provides the music, adapting parts to suit individual abilities. An exciting range of music is offered, including classical, Latin and contemporary.  

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