The NMA Difference

Newcastle: 461a King St, Newcastle West P: 4929 3060
Maitland: 416a High St, Maitland P: 49345553

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The NMA Difference


What makes NMA different to other music schools?

  1. Holistic Tailored Music Education

All students receive a bespoke term plan, outlining the technique, theory, repertoire and performances that will move them further towards their goals. The content is selected from the best methods and curriculums from around the world, including Berklee School of Music, AMEB and Rock School, and exclusive content from Abbey Road Institute. The content is put together by professional teachers who know what content is relevant for particular goals, genres and levels, into a lesson plan for each term.

  1. Professional Teachers

Our teachers all have a tertiary qualification in Music or equivalent training and experience. Not only this, but all our teachers are professional gigging musicians. We have teachers who are established performing artists and songwriters, play with some of Australia’s largest touring bands, performing in Musical Theatre Productions, working in the best recording studios in the country, and performing every weekend in venues around Newcastle, across Australia and around the world.

All of our teachers undergo extensive ongoing training and staff development, allowing us to bring out the best in each teacher and make sure that they are not just great musicians but great teachers.

  1. Performance Opportunities

Performing is a crucial part of becoming a musician. Learning how to deal with nerves, engage with an audience and develop stage presence are all key parts of our musical education, that can’t be practiced in a one on one lesson. However, spending a whole year working towards one exam or recital can actually make nerves worse, and doesn’t prepare students to be musicians performing multiple times a week.

We have different performance opportunities for students of different levels. We have 2 Live Lounges a term that are open to students of any level or instrument, and allows students a chance to get up and perform in front of a friendly, welcoming crowd. As students develop their confidence, we have regular opportunities for students to busk around Newcastle and Maitland, as well as in Sydney and surrounds.

We also have an annual showcase, that allows students the chance to perform with a professional house band and gives our more advanced students a taste of working to an industry professional standard. Finally, we have paid gig opportunities for students who are ready to get a foot in the door as gigging musicians, which gives them valuable experience as well as a chance to earn income from their music. We’ve had students perform with artists such as Casey Donovan and Glen Shorrock (Little River Band) because they’ve been performing at professional venues and this has opened doors for them to play more gigs.

  1. Easy Scheduling

Finally, we know that being a parent means that time is absolutely precious. We have an online student portal that you can use to cancel lessons online, book make up lessons online, check outstanding fees, download resources and see announcements and lesson notes all in one place.

We also send out text message and email reminders 2 days before each lesson, so you’ll never forget a lesson again.

Our administration team, Gianni, Loretta, Rachel, Mitchell and Melissa, are all committed to providing the best possible customer service and are always happy to chat if you have any questions, concerns or queries.

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    Phone: (02) 4929 3060
    Mobile: 0422502623
    Address: 461 King St Newcastle West NSW 2302


    Phone: (02)4934 5553
    Mobile: 0422502623
    Address: 416a High St Maitland NSW 2320