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Making Music 4 Life is a community based music school on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Founded in 2007 by Janine Shearer, our mission is to create a musical community that brings people together to make music for life! 


Making music is a truly rewarding way to spend your time and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to make music to feel great, regardless of age or ability. From early childhood programs to corporate drumming workshops, our main focus has shifted over the past decade to teaching people the "happiest instrument on the planet" - the mighty ukulele!


Learning the ukulele will stimulate your mind and your creativity and being able to play the ukulele and sing the songs you love will have such a positive effect on your health, well-being and quality of life - it's UKE-TASTIC!

We encourage you to join a ukulele course or ensemble and experience for yourself the "happiness" factor that comes from making music with others. Your innate musical self is waiting to be discovered!

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Our leadership team includes music educators with a lifetime immersed in music making, teaching and performance. We are strong advocates for music education across the lifespan and we are extremely passionate about teaching music to adults who may never have had the opportunity to learn an instrument before.

We believe the ukulele is one of the most fun and accessible instruments to learn and we are extremely proud to have started more than a thousand people on their ukulele and musical journey of self discovery!

We hope to encourage as many people as possible to experience for themselves how making music adds LIFE to your life


Janine Shearer Founder & Musical Director

The crazy leader of the gang, Janine has only one modus operandi and it doesn't involve an OFF switch. Her enthusiastic teaching style is positively infectious and her larger than life personality will ensure your ukulele journey is fun all the way!


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With her warm, encouraging and inclusive approach, Jenny has a default TLC button when it comes to teaching music to adults. Luckily for us, she also has an absolute passion for singing and lending her cracking vocals to LSO performances!


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A certified rock chick, Anne is one of the most humble yet talented teachers and multi-instrumentalists you will ever meet! She is literally the engine room of the LSO and her witty repartee has us all cracking up right when we need a good laugh.


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Once described as "only having 2 speeds... stop and go fast", Janet infuses every session with truckloads of optimistic energy and enthusiasm! We are excited to welcome Janet as a valued member of our Leadership Team in 2023.


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What Our Students Say

"To Janine, Jenny and Anne. A huge thank you for your efforts and support in making today and every uke lesson such a great experience. We are so incredibly lucky to have 3 such fantastic professionals." 

Kerry, LSO member since 2015

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