Group Instruction

RCM Theory, Musicianship and Music History

These courses are essential for serious music students. To advance under the Royal Conservatory of  Music program, students must have passed the theory exams.

We offer classes in Preliminary Rudiments, Grade I Rudiments, Grade II Rudiments, History, Harmony  and Counterpoint.

Teacher: Teresa Marusarz-Borek

Elements of Music

Suitable for all students of music from ages 16 and up, this 8-week course offers participants the  chance to study what makes up music, in a creative and freeing way. We explore the basic “gestures”  of music – rhythm, pulse, phrase, pitch, harmony and more, using our imagination and our bodies. Not a  scrap of paper, nor any instrument but ourselves is needed, so all levels, and students of all instruments are welcome. If you have struggled with rhythm, or shaping a phrase, or are defeated by the dynamics of music at times, this course is for you.

Drawing on the works of giants from Kodaly to Diagalev and from Dalcroze to R. Murray Schafer, classes are fun, and are dedicated to building your skills.

Marilyn Rummel, who teaches harp at the Nanaimo Conservatory, will be your instructor. She is an  inventive teacher who likes to go to the core of any issue, and loves solving problems.  Come and  explore your own ears and musicianship in this enjoyable way.

Teacher: Marilyn Rummel


Offered at the NCM through the City of Nanaimo’s Parks and Recreation program.  To register, please call Parks and Recreation at 250.756.5200.

It’s true that research has shown music helps children become better learners, and that even a newborn emotionally responds to music. Parents respond, too: 99% of Kindermusik parents would recommend  the classes to other parents.

However, all the research in the world can’t accurately capture the look of pure delight in your child’s  eyes when he or she experiences the sights and sounds of Kindermusik, both in the classroom and at home.

With 30 years experience in developing early learning curricula and products, Kindermusik is the world’s  most trusted name in music and movement classes for children, from newborn to age seven. Kindermusik  curricula are based upon the principles of early development applied to developmentally appropriate  practice, as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Furthermore, the  Kindermusik philosophy is rooted in the work of early childhood development experts like Piaget, Montessori, and Greenspan.

Our full curricula offer your child seven years of musical learning that involves every aspect of your  child’s growth and development: language, motor skills, social skills, cognitive development, emotional  growth, and musicality. Throughout the Kindermusik experience, a trusted and trained Educator will  guide you and your child through every musical and developmental milestone and help you understand  what is happening all along the way. Each semester, a new set of At Home Materials brings the  experience out of the classroom and into your everyday routines and rituals.  Come experience for yourself why more parents around the world choose Kindermusik than any other  music and movement program.

(*Harris Interactive, November 2005)

Instructor:  Nicole Arendt (“Miss Nicky”)

For Miss Nicky’s Blog, click here.

Suzuki Method Program

The Suzuki Method combines a music teaching method with a philosophy that embraces the total  development of the child. Dr. Suzuki’s guiding principle was “Character first, ability second.” The Suzuki  method has enabled many children to play music to a high standard. Substantial numbers of Suzuki  trained students have become highly acclaimed professional musicians. However, training of  professionals is not the main aim: the emphasis is on the development of the child and on education through music. The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music offers Suzuki method classes in Cello, Flute, Piano, and Violin.

Nanaimo Youth Choir

The Nanaimo Youth Choir has two groups for boys and girls ages 5 to 19.

The Junior Youth Choir is for children 5 to 14 years of age with little or no musical experience. The Concert Choir is for girls, and boys with unchanged voices. Some musical experience through choir or private instruction is required. Entrance to the Concert Choir is by audition.

Since its beginning in 1992, the Nanaimo Youth Choir has been competing and consistently winning  honours at the Upper Island Musical Festival, and provincial competitions. The choirs sing in and around  the community and have travelled to festivals and choral workshops in B.C. and Alberta. The Nanaimo  Youth Choir presents concerts in December and June in addition to an annual concert for schools at the  Port Theatre.

Junior Youth Choir: practice at 375 Selby Street. Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:15 pm

Concert Choir:  practice  at St. Andrew’s United Church, Fitzwilliam and Wesley Streets, Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:45 pm.

Director: Marian Smith

Annual fees:
Junior Youth Choir $500
Concert Choir $600

Orchestras and Ensembles

Fees:  Orchestra and Ensemble Fees: $350 per year ($250 per year for students taking individual lessons at the  Conservatory).

Prelude Orchestra (children early levels)
Junior Orchestra (youth intermediate-advanced)
Intermezzo Strings (adults)
Recorder Ensemble and Flute Ensemble
Conservatory Guitars

Prelude Orchestra

For children who are just starting out. Repertoire is selected and adapted particularly for beginner sight  readers, and is appropriate for students at or below a grade 3 RCM level.

Director: Karl Rainer

Junior Orchestra

For pre-teen and teenagers. Intermediate students draw upon a rich repertoire rooted in the orchestral  tradition.

Music Director: Karl Rainer

Intermezzo Strings

For adults, all levels welcome. Each rehearsal progresses from very easy to more challenging repertoire, and players participate according to their own level of comfort. Rehearsals are every Monday evening, except statutory holidays.

Music Director: Leslie Krull

Harp Ensembles – Youth and Adult

Director: Marilyn Rummel

Master Classes

Master Classes are organized thoughout the year for students in individual lessons.  We will let you know either in person, by email, or in the newsletter, what classes will be offered.

Flute and Recorder Ensembles

If you enjoy playing the flute or recorder and are looking for something more than just band or private  lessons the flute or recorder ensemble is for you. Open to intermediate and advanced level students of  all ages who are looking for an enjoyable experience while learning to play in a small group. We will  cover a wide range of music including classical, Celtic, and popular.

Director: Cindy Speelman