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This has been a term like no other as NECOM, along with our entire world, has been turned on its head. Fortunately, our February and early March concerts and workshops went ahead as planned and over 375 students, teachers and audiences participated in these invaluable live music activities.

We now have a totally new appreciation of how precious live music concerts, lessons and group activities are and we can never take these for granted ever again!

Since the COVID-19 response escalated in March, NECOM management and teaching staff have been working around the clock to transition to our new on-line world. Their creativity, adaptability and commitment to evolving our programs has been extraordinary. The good news is that on-line lessons are already up and running and that we are presently creating the best-practice on-line activities that will allow many ensembles and school music classes to recommence in Term 2. 

Please read through our COVID-19 Update report in this email for full details of NECOM’s programs for Term 2.

I am sure you will agree that the expertise, generosity and good humour shown by musicians and performing arts companies in Australia and across the globe through sharing their on-line offerings is nothing short of remarkable. Musicians have shown incredible leadership at this time – by harnessing their creativity and talent they have brought humanity, comfort and entertainment to people wherever they are.

Back here in Armidale, congratulations to our students, families, schools and teachers for the patience, commitment and determination shown during this term. These attributes will see us continue to achieve amazing musical outcomes in these coming months.


Term 1 Newsletter

COVID-19 Update 8 April

The NECOM community has experienced a seismic shift in the way we deliver and engage in music education this last month due to the coronavirus crisis.

NECOM has and will continue to implement the COVID-19 

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Farewell to Kate Reynolds

In March this year, Marketing and Administration Officer Kate Reynolds said farewell to NECOM to take up a new marketing position with Angus Australia here in Armidale. 

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Woodwind & Brass Report

Well what a term it’s been so far!

Wind and brass lessons have now started online and, while it’s definitely a change it’s been incredibly rewarding to see the enthusiasm and adaptability from the students and their families. 

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NECOM Receives AMEB Certificates of Distinction

The AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) has recognised NECOM as one of the top 10 music schools in NSW in both the Preliminary-Grade 4 and Grade 5-8 categories in 2019. This achievement is testament to 

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Piano Lessons Update

Firstly, a warm thank you to all our piano students and families for their patience and persistence over the last three weeks! It’s been a huge learning curve for all of us as we learn to use Zoom and other online resources. 

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School Principals support Chamber Music in Schools

Since 2008, NECOM has continued to present the Chamber Music in Schools programme to staff and students in the North Western Region of NSW and in this report I would like to pay tribute to three of the Heads who have actively 

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HSC Performance Workshops

On Thursday 12 March, NECOM and AMTA (Armidale Music Teachers Association) presented two workshops for Year 12 music students preparing for their HSC performance assessments and exam in September this year.

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We are extremely disappointed that all NECOM concerts/events up to the end of September are cancelled due to COVID-19 requirements. 

Thank you to all our audiences for their support and we will stay in touch with updates as they develop.

3/4 Size Cello

Comes with case and bow.
Contact Danielle:

Kawai KS-5F Piano

Contact Charlie:
0435 104 603


Sankyo Etude. Hard case within soft carry case. Excellent condition. $1,000.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Clarinet in A

Yamaha Custom CX with original, never used, mouthpiece, ligature and metal cap.

Long barrel. With hard case that takes the A clarinet and a Bb clarinet and a BG clarinet stand. Excellent condition. $2000.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Bb Clarinet

Yamaha Custom CX with Vandoren B45 mouthpiece and original mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and BG leather elasticated neckstrap. 

With hard case and instrument stand. Has had a fair bit of use but still in really good condition. $2000.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Tenor Saxophone

Yamaha Custom YTS-82Z with Vandoren T20 mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and BG yoke leather neckstrap. Hard case and instrument stand. 

Superb condition. $5,000.

TENOR SAXOPHONE MOUTHPIECE - Yanagisawa metal mouthpiece (7) with metal ligature and cap. Never been used. $100.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Soprano Saxophone

Yanagisawa 901 with Selmer C* mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and Yanagisawa neckstrap. 

High F# key. Hard case and separate gigbag. Superb condition. $2,500.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

3/4 Violin

KG Instruments Model #100, 2004.
Includes bow and case.

Good loud sound.
Used condition

Contact: Rebecca 0418 160 826

Gliga 111 Half size cello (anno 2010)

Beautiful tone
Excellent condition
Good provenance

Includes bow and hard styrofoam case (case fair condition)

Valued by Melbourne luthier Richard Bodinnar at $1500. Asking $1300

Contact: David Gee 0402 916 543

High quality Gliga ¾ violin

In perfect condition. Includes case and two bows.


Enquiries: Caroline 0428 042 622

Enrolments and Account Queries

Nicola Price
02 6788 2135

Finance Manager

Sophie Williams
02 6788 2138


Edwina Bach
02 6788 2137

Program Manager

Corinne Arter
02 6788 2139


Susanne James
02 6788 2140

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