Mini Minstrels Program 2017

Music is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child.

Early Childhood

NECOM’s Early Childhood Music Program, the Mini Minstrels Music Program is an exciting and fun-filled introduction to music for children from as young as 6 months to Year 2 at school. Mini Minstrels provides an outstanding music education that gives children a life-long love of music and is the ideal springboard for their future instrumental or choral studies. NECOM currently offers Mini Minstrels classes in Armidale and Walcha.

Mini Minstrels is a sequential music program offered in three stages to match a child’s age and experience

Pre-School            Music-in-the-lap' classes for babies to 4+ years with their family member
Minisingers Singing in their first choir for school children in K to Yr 2

Classes take place in a happy, fun filled environment of games, songs, creative movement, dance, speech and rhyme, listening and playing untuned and tuned percussion instruments. The program establishes the key music skills and concepts required for a child to develop their musical interests and innate potential.

  • Skills – singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments, moving creatively
  • Concepts – beat, rhythm, tempo, pitch and melody, dynamics, form and tone colour

Music is the fundamental art for children. It is essential to their learning, concentration, aural perception and the way they comprehend the abstract. It allows the child to develop all the faculties that assist learning later on. Richard Gill, music educator, conductor.

Mini Minstrels Pre-School Program - Armidale, Uralla and Walcha
For children, babies to 5  years, this ‘music on the lap’ program introduces the child and their accompanying mum, dad or grandparents to the fundamentals of music - singing, listening, playing percussion instruments, moving and responding creatively to music.  In addition to sequential age-specific classes, NECOM offers the popular Family Class enabling parents and siblings (babes to 4+yrs) to participate together as a family. Classes are offered on Friday and Saturday mornings in Armidale, Thursday mornings in Walcha and on Friday mornings in Inverell.


Babes-in-Arms Class (Tues 10am, Thurs 9.30-10am) 
A very special class for mums to bring music into their bub's first year of life and open up their sound world. Classes focus on rhythmic movement through dance and games, listening, singing lullabyes and nursery rhymes, and having fun with percussion instruments including bell, rattles, maracas and drums.

1 Year Toddlers Class (Fri 9.30-10am)
Classes for our young Mini Minstrels introduce a variety of songs, actions, movement activities, music games, listening to music, playing percussion instruments such as bells and mini drums, and story-telling with music.

2 Year Class: Fri 10.15-11.15am
3 & 4 Year Class: Fri 11-11.45am
These classes gradually build skills and confidence in singing and memorising tunes, dances and movements of simple songs and rhymes, honing fine and gross motor skills through movement to music, and playing a variety of percussion instruments.

Family Class: Sat 9.00-9:45am and 10.00-10.45am
For families with pre-children of mixed ages up to 5 years of age, classes offer musical activities to suit a variety of levels and skills. NB A minimum of 8 enrolments is required for the class to run on Saturday mornings.

2017 Mini Minstrels Enrolment Form - Armidale


NECOM will offer a 5-week course in Term 2 on Thursday mornings in Walcha. Parents must commit to enrolment before the class commences in order for NECOM to ensure that course costs are covered - the teacher fee (including lesson preparation) and return travel from Armidale to Walcha. The details are as follows:

Class details are as follows:

Mini Minstrels will again be running in Walcha for Term 2, 2017. The dates for these classes are:
Thursdays- 18 May, 25 May, 1 June, 8 June and 15 June.
Cost is $55 for all 5 classes.
Class Time: 11am – 11.45am (30 minutes)
Venue: St Patricks Primary School, Walcha
Children: Under 5 years of age 

The Mini Minstrels class must run with a minimum of 6 enrolled students.  Enrolment and fee payment must be made in full by Monday 15 May to ensure the class to go ahead..

Term 2 Mini Minstrels Information and Enrolment Form - Walcha


For children who have started school and love to sing, Minisingers is a perfect introduction to singing in a choir. The class introduces lots of fun songs with actions and movements, and musical games to develop skills in pitch, rhythm, concentration, memory and co-ordination. Minisingers gives children the opportunity to perform music together and share in the fun while developing their music potential. The class is scheduled on Wednesday afternoons 4.00-4.45pm.

For information and enrolment, click on the forms below or go to ENROLMENT tab and click on 'Enrolment Forms' to download.

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