Summer Music School

January 8 – 19, 2018
during weekdays 9am- 3:30pm (drop off from 8:30am and an After School Program until 5:30pm for an additional fee)
Canberra Girls Grammar School
Canberra’s own unique music program of excellence for young people 5 – 21 years.
Artistic Director Stephen Leek


Celebrating 49 years of offering high quality, fun and educative programs to Canberra’s young people. You can be a seasoned musician or an absolute beginner…the YMS Summer Music School caters for all levels of young people in 5 unique programs of education and fun during the summer school holidays. Learn a new instrument or discover more on an instrument you already play, and make new musical friends through ensemble playing, a wide range of exciting arts electives, and in numerous group-arts-related creative activities.


Junior Music Program (K- Year 1)                           Directed by Christina Refshauge
Primary Music Program (Year 2 – 4)                      Directed by Scott Temby
Senior Music Program (Year 5 – 12)                        Directed by Rueben Lewis
Choral Stream Program (12 years of age +)            Directed by Dan Walker
Advanced Music Program (14 years of age +)        Directed by Stephen Leek

After School Program (until 5:30 daily for Primary aged students for an additional fee) Directed by Lisa Gill

Junior Music Program (K- Year 1) Directed by Christina Refshauge
A fun-filled program of musical games, songs and dance for the Kindergarten and Year 1 children that introduces them to basic musical concepts and prepares them for further pursuits in music education and creative arts activities.

Primary Music Program (Year 2 – 4) Directed by Scott Temby Designed for absolute beginners and young children who have a limited experience in music, this program offers children in Years 2 to 4 at school in 2018 the opportunity to experience music concepts, learn the basics of a new instrument and be engaged in a range of diverse musical and artistic activities in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Senior Music Program (Year 5 – 12) Directed by Rueben Lewis This program for students in Year 5 – 12 at school in 2018 is built around involvement in a wide range of musical activities that create opportunities for students to experience new instruments or continue to develop the skills they might already have, to have a choice of a wide range of creative electives and to further develop artistic skills in small and large group ensembles.

Choral Stream Program (12 – 18 years of age) Directed by Dan Walker
Led by one of Australia’s leading choral composers, singer and conductor, Dan Walker, the singers in this program should have had choral experience that will allow them to fully participate in a journey of discovery through choral technique, ensemble and repertoire. Singers will participate for some of the day with the Senior Music Program and then work with specialist teachers on aural and musicianship skills, vocal production and in an ensemble designed to draw out the best from all participants and expose them to some of the gems in the choral repertoire and expose them to some of the gems in the choral repertoire.

Advanced Music Program (14 – 18 years of age) Directed by Stephen Leek
This is a program for the serious music student who is looking to an intensive and challenging experience. Led by some of Australia’s leading musicians, teachers and composers, this is a program for young musicians 14 – 18 years of age who have a level of mastery over their instrument, who want to excel, who want to succeed and who want to experience the thrill of quality music-making with other like-minded young people.


Applications will be open on-line via the YMS website on September 4, 2017.

All initial enquiries should be directed to

The YMS Summer Music School is proudly supported by the Canberra Girls Grammar School Music Academy

General Information

DATES            Monday 8 January to Friday 19 January 2018 (weekdays)

TIMES             9:00am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday (includes 15 minute recess and 45 minute lunch)   (drop off after 8:30am) An After-School Program until 5.30pm is available for Primary-school-aged children for an additional cost per child.

PLACE            Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Ave. Deakin

CONTACTS    Phone – (02) 6251 8017 or

The YMS Summer Music School is a 2 week non-residential program focusing on music and performing arts.    The school caters for 400 students with five different programs tailored to meet the needs of students who are beginners with no previous musical experience, along with students who have some musical skills, as well as high musical achievers:

The fees are:

2018 Family Membership $30
First Student Summer School Fee $600 (plus $55 GST if 13 years of age or more)
Second/Subsequent Student Fee $580 (plus $53 GST if 13 years of age or more)
Instrument Hire (if required) $55/student per instrument
 After School Program until 5:30pm  $140 per student


The Young Music Society is Registered Care for the Child Care Benefit. For further information about Registered Care, see here

Proudly supported by the Canberra Girls Grammar School Music Academy