The ukulele is a BRILLIANT first instrument for young and old because it is fun, cheap and relatively easy to play. Once you pick it up you'll be hooked! Even if you have absolutely NO musical background whatsoever, we can help you find the “happiness factor” that comes with playing the ukulele.
We offer a variety of intensive ukulele courses and regular ukulele ensembles on the Northern Beaches. Join us and experience the joy that goes with playing the ukulele - it's UKE-tastic - and we hope it inspires you to MAKE MUSIC FOR LIFE!
Founder & Music Director
Janine Shearer has had a lifetime immersed in music making, teaching and performance. She is a strong advocate for music education across the lifespan and is extremely enthusiastic about teaching music to adults who have never had the opportunity to learn a musical instrument before.
Janine is a fully accredited Level 3 ukulele teacher with the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Teacher Certification Program. She has been teaching ukulele on the Northern Beaches since 2011 and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Australian Ukulele Teachers & Leaders Association (AUTLA).
Janine is classically trained on flute and piano and holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Therapy - Honours) from the University of Melbourne (2006). She has toured and recorded nationally and internationally with a variety of semi-professional and amateur music groups including The Northern Beaches Orchestra, The Brass Machine Big Band and The Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Janine is also a Registered Music Therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association with over 15 years experience working with community music groups in aged care and early childhood, as well as groups within the corporate sector. She has training in drum circle facilitation techniques developed by Arthur Hull (Village Music Circles) and Kalani Das (Developmental Community Music) as well as music and movement qualifications in Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
With her experience, Janine brings a broad range of exciting initiatives and methodologies to her community and corporate music programs. She hopes to encourage as many people as possible to experience for themselves how making music adds LIFE to your life!
Jenny Massingham has been singing and performing ever since she joined the Sydney Juniors Talent Group when she was only 5 years old! In addition to voice, Jenny is classically trained on piano and violin and has taught the piano privately for over 15 years. Jenny also developed a passion for sharing music with children and has been teaching Kindermusik since early 2005.
Jenny joined the The Lightly Strung Orchestra in 2014, and in addition to her cracking vocals and performances, she has been a key mentor and teacher for newer members of the group over the years. She also leads the occasional LSO rehearsal and brings great joy and vocal harmonies to her sessions.
We are excited that Jenny has taken a leadership role with The Silver Strings Ensemble in 2019 to help our foundation and beginner level players experience the joy that playing the ukulele can bring. Her warm teaching style is inclusive and very encouraging and the SSE team is shining under her guidance!
Anne Keogh has been teaching and playing music professionally since 1990. After completing her Bachelor of Music at UNE in Armidale, she returned to Sydney and started teaching at a number of music schools and playing in a variety of rock, jazz, and fusion bands. For a bit of variety, she would occasionally sit in and play violin with the local community orchestra.
In 2003, Anne set up a teaching studio in Dee Why, and still teaches there to this day. Since then, she has polished up her ukulele skills and offers private lessons in ukulele, along with piano, violin, guitar and bass.
Luckily for us, fate caused Anne to join The Lightly Strung Orchestra in 2015 as our bass player, and she is absolutely sensational! Anne has lead the occasional LSO rehearsal over the past few years and she brings a wealth of talent and experience to her sessions.