"Chongzheng Pr School just celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a Musical ….
I must thank you for allowing us to use 4 of your songs during the musical. The songs were so inspirational and appropriately in line with our story. In fact the song "Feel the Joy" was our finale piece."
Bridgette, Chongzheng Pr School, Singapore
"Hi Susie and Phil,
In our recent UN Performance, I used your version of 'Ipharadisi' and 'A Better Place'.
I was inspired by the signing in 'Imagine If', that I used as part of last year's UN Celebration and looked up the signing for 'Better Place'. Thank you for all the wonderful material that you have created over the years. I am still using songs from the very early albums and every time, I feel as if we are sharing it together.
I also meant to tell you that every year, in the second half of first term, Grade 1 study a unit called 'Let's Celebrate'. As part of it they visit a full range of places of worship and look at different practices and family traditions. Your song 'Chanukah Chanukah' is a lovely reinforcement of what they have discussed. It gives Jewish children in the classes added confidence to explain more of what they do or share as a family. Thank you"
Susanne Khalek uwcsea, United World College South East Asia, Singapore.
On behalf of myself and the staff at Mentone Park Primary School I would like to thank you and Phil for conducting Music Professional Development sessions during 2009.
As you know most of my staff have not been involved in Music Education training at university or in their school/s (past and present). Your sessions with both teachers and children showed what our students have been missing out on and have motivated my teachers to incorporate music education into their curriculum.
Student wellbeing must underpin all that we do, and the focus that we now have on music education has certainly enhanced the engagement and motivation of our students.
Thank you so much for providing outstanding professional learning opportunities for my staff and students. I am looking forward to a continuing association with you both.
Yours in Music!"
Louise Downey, Principal, Mentone Park Primary School
Hi Susie and Phil,
I've just read your newsletter and article. Just wanted to say how much I loved it. I often feel like a lone voice in the wilderness getting my message out that you don't have to have a music background to teach music. Your article says the same thing beautifully. Congratulations also on your recent international songwriting win - I have sent congrats to Phil previously.
It is a privilege and a pleasure promoting your work indirectly through Kidz-Fiz-Biz. Keep it up - you are both inspirational.
Marlene Rattigan, Early Childhood Educator and Author, WA
Dear Susie and Phil,
I have just received your recent newsletter. Thank you very much, they are always filled with so much valuable information and it really helps to keep in touch with what is happening in music education within Australia.
Karen Wandel, Preparatory Music Specialist, SA