Tuning In!

Music Classes for 2–12 years Berry & Nowra

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! 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

    Choir (7 – 12 years)

    This fun class gives children the experience of singing with others under the direction of a conductor and sometimes with a piano accompanist.

    • Class duration 45 minutes
    • Term duration 9 week term

    JuMP (7 – 11 years)

    A year long program for children to experience a variety of instruments, including recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, guitar and speech/drama/ singing. Develop music notation reading and other musicianship skills.

    • Class duration  50 minutes
    • Term duration 9 week term (4 term commitment)

    Stringlets (7 – 11 years)

    A two term program for children to develop good string technique (violin/viola/cello) in a fun class environment.

    • Class duration 45 minutes
    • Term duration 9 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

    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! Level 1 $100 $14
    Tuning In! Level 2 $120 $16
    Tuning In! Level 3 $130 $17
    Choir $130 $17
    JuMP $200 N/A
    Stringlets $220 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

    RMT, MCMT, BMusEd

    Jacqui Hitchcock

    ATCL, MMusEd

    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

    Other Programs



    The Orchestra is the premier youth orchestral music group in the Shoalhaven. It allows students to develop finer skills associated with orchestral playing.

    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.

    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.