Individual Instruction

Individual lessons in a wide variety of instruments and voice are offered. Whether you are a serious music student, wish to upgrade your technique, or are a complete beginner, we have the instructor for you!

All ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. All our instructors are qualified, caring professionals.

Most instruction is offered in the studios of the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music building at 375 Selby Street, in the centre of Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. A few teachers use their studios off campus.

Scheduling is arranged with the individual instructors by mutual agreement.

Please get in touch with the NCM’s registrar, Shannon Maliteare, to connect with the instructors regarding lessons.  Registration must be completed before lessons begin.  Shannon can be reached at 250.754.4611 or at registrar@ncmusic.ca.  Shannon’s office hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Instructors and disciplines

Bassoon
Katrina Russell

Cello
Alexandra Lee | Brendan Millbank

Flute
Jennifer Cluff | Cindy Speelman

Guitar
Joshua Amendt-Moylan

Harp
Marilyn Rummel

Nanaimo Youth Choir (Junior | Mezzo | Concert)
Marian Smith

Oboe
Pippa Williams

Piano
Nicole Arendt | Teresa Borek | Angela Birney | Mary Jackson | Pippa Williams

Recorder
Cindy Speelman

Theory
Teresa Borek | Angela Birney

Trumpet and Beginning Brass
Nicholas Ross

Violin and Viola
Leslie Krull | James Mark | Karl Rainer | Nicholas Ross

Voice
Nadya Blanchette | Carol Fetherston | Mary Jackson

Suzuki Teaching Method

Based on the philosophy of music education developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method of teaching music is based on the idea that musical ability can be developed in us all. The “mother tongue method,” which uses the principles by which children learn their native language, ensures that the potential for every child is unlimited.

These principles are:

• Exposure by observing and listening
• Imitation of teacher, parents and other children
• Repetition and thorough mastery of each step
• Parental involvement, respect, and love
• Creation of a joyful environment which encourages learning and personal expression

Through a cooperative relationship between the teacher, the parent, and the child, these programs provide an enjoyable learning experience – both in the studio and at home.  As well, this method is a unique opportunity for parents to develop a special relationship with their child through the mutual experience of learning to play an instrument.

Group lessons are an integral part of the Suzuki approach. Group lessons will be held where the children can learn from each other – playing with and for each other – in a fun, relaxed setting.

Suzuki instructors:

Piano:  Nicole Arendt | Mary Jackson
Strings:  Alexandra Lee | Karl Rainer | Nicholas Ross 
Flute:  Cindy Speelman