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Janine Shearer

Janine Shearer

Musical Director
Course Leader
Ensemble Leader

Manic Queen

Janine is a passionate multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, Registered Music Therapist, and 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 the creator and musical director of the Lightly Strung Orchestra ukulele ensemble.

Janine was one of the original members of the The Australian Ukulele Orchestra from 2017-2021 and appeared in various music videos during Covid lockdowns including PaladioLibertango, Sabre Dance, and The Entertainer.

Janine is classically trained on flute and piano and holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Therapy) from the University of Melbourne. She has drum circle facilitation training with Arthur Hull (Village Music Circles) and Kalani Das (Developmental Community Music) as well as music and movement qualifications in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and has taught all these modalities to people across the lifespan. 

Janine 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 qualified as a Registered Music Therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association in 2005 and has over 17 years experience working with community music groups in aged care, early childhood music programs, as well as groups within the corporate sector.

Janine has only one modus operandi and it doesn't involve an OFF switch. Her enthusiastic teaching style is positively infectious and she loves introducing music into people's lives, one uke at a time.

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