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


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 strings, piano, and flute.

Nanaimo Youth Choir

The Nanaimo Youth Choir has three groups for boys and girls ages 5 to 19:  Junior Choir, Mezzo Choir, and Concert Choir.

Please go the the Nanaimo Youth Choir website for more information about the three choral groups in this program.

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: rehearses at 375 Selby Street on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:15 pm

Mezzo and Concert Choir:  rehearses  at St. Andrew’s United Church (at the corner of Fitzwilliam and Wesley Streets) on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 5:45 pm.

Director: Marian Smith

Orchestras and Ensembles

Prelude Orchestra
Junior Orchestra
Intermezzo Strings
Cello Choir and Adult Beginner Cello
Harp ensembles
Recorder Ensemble and Flute Ensembles

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

Cello Choir and Adult Beginner Cello Group Class

Music Director:  Alexandra Lee

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) at the NCM.

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 ensembles are 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