Welcome to The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music






The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music will be closed on

Monday 21 May 




The NCM is offering a volunteer opportunity!  Our board of directors is looking for some new members!
If you are enthusiastic, interested in what the NCM does, and want to collaborate with a great group of people, consider applying to join our board of directors!

To apply, please get in touch with:

NCM Executive Director Barbara Livingston
E:  executivedirector@ncmusic.ca
P:  250.754.4611

Join us!





All classes held at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music
375 Selby Street

Ages 3 – 5

Instructor Cindy Speelman presents this pre-instrumental class designed to introduce children to basic musical concepts and beginning Suzuki repertoire.
The class requires 100% parent/guardian participation and involves listening regularly to selected good quality recordings. These listening examples will be loaned for the duration of the class.
When: 20 – 24 August 2018
Time: 10:00 to 10:45 am
Cost: $75


Ages 0 – 5
Instructor:  Nicole Arendt “Miss Nicky”

Session 1 “Silly All Over”:  You’ll catch a case of the giggles. Motor skills and self-control get a workout with plenty of stop-and-go motion, energy gets tapped with plenty of up-and-down, and sense of humor gets a tickle with silly sounds, silly movements, finger plays, and fun. Hold on to your funny bone, because you’re about to get Silly All Over!
When: 23 – 27 July 2018
Time: 10:15 to 11:00 am
Cost: $60 per session (includes materials fee)

Session 2 “Beach Days”:  Grab your beach ball, we’re going to the beach! Crabs are scuttling, toes are wiggling, waves are crashing, and the sun is shining. We’ll enjoy favourite songs and dances, do an Octopus Hula, jump on a banana boat, and then snuggle up and happily relax to gentle beach sounds and songs. Beach Days is as fun and restorative as, well, a trip to the beach!
When: 30 July – 3 August 2018
Time: 10:15 to 11:00 am
Cost: $60 per session (includes materials fee)


Ages 5 – 8
Instructor:  Lindsay Suddaby
“Go Fish” Musical Theatre Day Camp – Instructor Lindsay Suddaby leads your child on a fun filled musical adventure.  A Tuna Fish who can’t carry a tune?  A Star Fish who can’t get an acting job?  A seven-legged Octopus?  A Zebra Fish with spots?  A Tiger Shark who wants to be friends with everyone?
Join in the aquatic fun as little Tiger Shark and his unique collection of friends discover how their differences make them each special.
Session 1
When: 16 – 21 July 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Cost: $200
Session 2
When: 13 – 18 August 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Cost: $200



The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music partners with the Victoria Conservatory of
Music’s extremely successful Music Therapy Program. VCM music therapists are able to offer a summer music therapy camp in Nanaimo, made possible by generous funding from the Children ’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
When: 9 – 13 July 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE
*Students must register through the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s
Music Therapy Department.
Please click HERE for registration information.


Instructor:  Carol Fetherston

Get ready for your choral season! Join Carol Fetherston, vocal coach extraordinaire, at the NCM for a comprehensive, week – long camp to brush up on your vocal technique.
When: 27 – 31 August 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $100
First half (45/60 min): warming up, and
technique (including reading, rhythm, counting)
Break with goodies
Second half (45/60 minutes): repertoire



Contact Shannon Maliteare, NCM Registrar
P:  250.754.4611
E:  registrar@ncmusic.ca
375 Selby Street | Nanaimo, BC | V9R 2R4
Registrar’s hours:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Monday to Friday




CLASS OF 2017-18!

We’re so happy to see all the students returning this year for lessons and to see all the new students who have joined us this year!

Please remember to register for your lessons, group classes, and ensembles with the NCM’s registrar, Shannon Maliteare.  You must be registered before you start attending lessons, group classes, and ensembles.

You can reach the NCM at

250.754.4611 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday)




The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music offers individual and group lessons, ensembles, youth choirs, workshops and Master classes for all ages and skill levels, from beginner to professional. Our building is an open, inviting space in which friends, students and family members can meet to learn about music and enjoy musical activities in a non-competitive and richly creative environment. From babies in our parent-child Kindermusik classes, to the senior members of our community, all who wish to enrich their lives through music enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our home in the Old City Quarter.

The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music is also a presenter of music events in the central Vancouver Island region. Each year we offer a variety of professional music performances as an opportunity for our students and the community to experience music programming that would otherwise not be available in our area.  Our most recent annual solo piano recitals have featured pianists Angela Hewitt, Sarah Hagen, Janina Fialkowska, André Laplante, and Jane Coop.  Looking ahead to October 2018  the NCM is pleased to present renowned Canadian pianist Ian Parker in recital.


“Music is the universal language of mankind”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand”

Stevie Wonder