Tuning In!

Music Classes for 2–12 years Berry, Nowra & Kangaroo Valley

Tuning In music classes logo

SYO is passionate about enriching the lives of children through music. Our Tuning In! programs are fun and engaging, as well as educational.

Tuning In! classes are based on Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze concepts of music education. These famous educators believed (as we do!) that learning music helps young children develop social, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills in a fun and non-competitive environment. As children progress, they build elementary understandings about music notation, dynamics (degrees of loudness and softness in music), mood and structure. 

Our youngest participants will discover the musical concepts of beat, rhythm, tempo and pitch through percussion instruments and creative play.

Our senior classes offer a variety of instruments for children to explore and develop their skills.


Tuning In! Babies (6 months +)

A nurturing environment to help babies enjoy and benefit from early musical experiences, movement, language and social interactions.

  • Class duration 20 minutes
  • Term duration 9 week term

Tuning In! Level 1 (2 – 3.5 years)

A fun introduction to beat, rhythm and percussion instruments through movement, storytelling and music. 

  • Class duration 30 minutes
  • Term duration 9 week term

Tuning In! Level 2 (3 – 5 years)

Refining music knowledge, exploring beat, rhythm, tempo and pitch through hands-on and playful learning.

  • Class duration
     45 minutes
  • Term duration 9 week term

Tuning In! Level 3 (5 – 7 years)

Further developing knowledge and skills in rhythm notation, pitch and music patterns through fun and developmentally appropriate activities.

  • Class duration 50 minutes
  • Term duration 9 week term

JuMP (7 – 11 years)

A two term program for children to experience a variety of instruments, including recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, guitar and drama. Develop music notation reading and other musicianship skills with advice on which instrument(s) each child is most suited to learning.

  • Class duration  50 minutes
  • Term duration 10 week term (2 term commitment)

Class Times

Please contact the Tuning In Manager for class times, as class days can change each term depending on demand. 

E: [email protected]

P: 0490 627 235


  • Nowra School of Arts, Berry Street, Nowra
  • Berry Community Church, 8 Schofields Lane, Berry
  • Kangaroo Valley Hall, Showground Complex, Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley

If you are interested in classes at another location in the Shoalhaven, please get in touch. Depending on demand, it might be possible for us to set up a new class.  


Tuning In! Babies $80 $10
Tuning In! Level 1 $100 $14
Tuning In! Level 2 $125 $16
Tuning In! Level 3 $135 $17
JuMP $235 N/A
Tuning In! Level 2 Kangaroo Valley $135 N/A
Tuning In! Level 3 Kangaroo Valley $145 N/A
JuMP Kangaroo Valley $250 N/A

*If you pay for a trial class and decide to continue, this fee will be deducted from the term fee. If you enrol multiple children, there will be a $10 saving for each additional child.

You can pay fees online using a credit card, or you can pay by bank transfer:

  • Westpac
  • Account name: Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra Inc. (Tuning In)
  • Account number: 514188
  • BSB: 032-691
  • Please mark payments with your name.


Music Education advisors

Jenny Cork

BMusEd, MEd, GradDipEd

Janet Andrews


Jacqui Hitchcock


SYO and Tuning In! gratefully acknowledge the support of Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, and in particular Coordinator of the ChiME program, Janet Andrews, in helping us develop the JuMP program. We also appreciate Wollongong Conservatorium providing hire instruments for Tuning In, which makes it possible to offer this program.


Catherine Apperley

DipTeach (Early Childhood)

Donna Bowell

BMus, GradDipEd(Primary)

Allison Cameron ATCL

BGenStudsBTeach (Primary), MEd(LrngDiff)

Belinda Dalton

BMus(Hons), MMus

Eryn Deys

BMus, MAteaching (Primary) 

Contact Details

Tuning In! Manager

Liz Fowler

Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations

E: [email protected]

P: 0490 627 235

Tuning In! Administrator

Liz Dolan

DipSocialSciences (Child Studies)

E: [email protected]

Watch Tuning In! In Action

These videos have been made available by the University of Wollongong Faculty of Social Sciences School of Education.

“Our six year old has loved the fun of Tuning In classes since she was two. The playful and creative approach of the teachers makes learning how to read, play and compose music easy and exciting for kids. Experiencing so many different instruments and performing as a group on stage each year has inspired our child and created a passion for all things musical”

Micha James, Tuning In! Parent, Nowra

Our Programs



The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra is the premier youth orchestral music group in the Shoalhaven. Rehearsing on Tuesday afternoons at the Nowra School of Arts students develop upon their ensemble skills, sight reading abilities and understanding of orchestral repertoire.

Shoalhaven Junior Strings

Junior Strings

The Shoalhaven Junior Strings is a training ensemble for junior orchestral string players, preparing them for rehearsal and performance with the senior orchestra. Rehearsals are help on Tuesday afternoons at the Nowra School of Arts.

Shoalhaven Quartet


The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra Quartet is made of our principal violinists, violist and cellist. This ensemble may perform regularly and is available for private functions.


School Visits

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra visits Shoalhaven schools to showcase both instruments and instrumentalists to the wider Shoalhaven Community.



The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra hosts a series of combined orchestral workshops throughout the year. This allows students the chance to perform in a full sized orchestra and work with professional tutors.


Instrument Hire

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra maintains a full inventory of orchestral instruments available for hire.