Become a teacher

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Would you like to teach at NCMA?

NCMA accredits teachers of the highest standards to deliver great music education to our students. Please be aware, we do not employ teachers. All our teachers are self-employed, but accredited to NCMA. In some cases NCMA contracts teachers to lead classes or groups.

Give your students benefits

As a NCMA accredited teacher, your students will also be eligible to:

  • participate in student concerts
  • compete for annual Scholarships
  • apply for fees assistance
  • hire instruments

Additional benefits include:

  • association with one of New Zealand’s leading music centres
  • promotion and marketing support
  • student referrals
  • discounted use of teaching studios & performance hall
  • teacher forums to support personal development

How to become an accredited teacher

If you are interested in becoming an accredited teacher at NCMA, please fill out the form.

Once we have received your application, it will be peer-reviewed by our Education Committee. A committee member will then make contact with you to discuss your application. We may ask you to submit up to two references. Proof of qualifications will be required at the interview stage.

All applicants will be police-checked (a legal requirement) prior to accreditation. Once background checks are completed, your accreditation will be ratified by the NCMA Board of Trustees and you will receive an accreditation pack.

The cost of accreditation is $60 per year.

Please note that, except in special circumstances, accredited teachers need to be domiciled in the Nelson-Tasman area, i.e. be available to teach local students.

Apply for accreditation

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