Holiday Music Programs

YMS Holiday Music Programs

The Society offers School Holiday music programs throughout the year.  Each program is designed to give students musical experience and opportunity in a supportive, fun  environment, guided by Canberra’s premier musicians and teachers.

In a usual year (except 2021) since 1969 in January, up to 400 students converge to the annual YMS Summer Music School, with a Junior Program for Years K-1; a Primary program Years 2 – 4, a Senior Program for Years 5-12, a Choral Stream for advanced singers 12 – 18 years; and an Advanced Program for AMEB Grade 5+.  Each year offers a wide range of music-based activities, with over 30 of Canberra’s most inspiring music tutors teaching classes ranging from Drumming, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Improvisation and just about anything else you can imagine!  Applications for Summer Music School open in early September the preceding year.

In the term school holidays, YMS runs a variety of holiday programs.

for primary – aged children (K – 6)

June 28 – July 2, 2021
9:00am  – 3:30pm (with an after School Program until 5:30pm for additional fees)

Under the direction of Musician and Master Educator, Jim Sharrock, a team of professional music educators offer a fun-filled program of music activities that will excite and inspire. No previous musical experience is required so why not enrol your children today for the first week of the ACT winter school holidays.

Drop off from 8.30am
Pick-up 3.30pm
After School Program until 5.30pm (late fees apply)

First child $375
subsequent children $350
plus an annual YMS family membership fee of $30

After School Program
whole week $100
single days (notified to staff each morning and paid in advance) $25 per day

Click Here to Apply


The team at the Young Music Society are

We are proud to announce that the wonderful acclaimed
singer, song-writer, composer, director and performer
Katie Noonan
has agreed to join the also acclaimed multi-talented conductor, educator and musician
Graham Abbott
as another of our distinguished YMS Patrons

“Over the past 20 years, five-time ARIA award-winning artist Katie Noonan has proven herself one of Australia’s most hardworking, versatile and prolific artists. Named one of the greatest Australian singers of all time by the Herald Sun, Katie has produced 20 studio albums throughout her career, with seven times platinum record sales under her belt and 27 ARIA award nominations that span diverse genres.”

Find more about Katie Noonan here.

As we prepare for a bumper 2022 Summer Music School, we are pleased to announce that both Katie and Graham will be joining us for some time during our January 2022 program, along with a team of stellar musicians and teachers, to inspire, motivate and be fantastic role models for young musicians of school and college age in Canberra.

So, put the dates in your calendar NOW and plan your holidays around them… applications open on-line in September 2021.

YMS Summer Music School
weekdays January 10 – 21, 2022