Welcome To Music - Musicnotes Newsletter
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What's new? Music book for 'Your Stage'
What's coming up?
Planning ahead?
Become a Welcome to Music Facebook fan!
Phil and his two hats
Phil's PHILosophy

Dear John Smith,

Welcome to 2011 and welcome also to this short edition of 'Musicnotes' as we know how busy it can be at this time of year. However we do want to draw your attention to a new resource and a reminder that we do have 'Everything you need to make teaching music easy and fun!'. And of course we will happily invoice your school or you can use credit card. Remember also you can order with confidence with our 14 day 'Look and Listen' policy which means you can order what you like, have a look and a listen and then return whatever you don't wish to keep. To find out more and to view our full product range click here

Plus there are already some great events planned for this year; see below or click here to view our 2011 calendar. And don't forget if you are looking to plan workshops or Artists in school programs or a conference or seminar or anything that we might be able to help with -please contact us.

Yours in harmony,

Susie & Phil

What's new? Music book for 'Your Stage'

Many of you will be familar with our resource 'Your Stage' -a specially designed program for inclusion that provides opportunities for each individual to shine. The text is by Mary Brake and we have composed and recorded all the songs and it has been a huge hit, not just for those dealing with special needs but also for general early childhood teachers. After many requests we have now produced as a companion to the book and CD, a music book - with lyrics, melody lines and chords. Click here to view and/or order this useful new resource .

What's coming up?

There are plenty of great events you can get involved with this year to further your musical development...here a a few we have so far with more to be added to our calendar as they come up. So make sure you check our website regularly.

Feb - Back To School Professional Development Day in Melbourne

Presenters have now been confirmed. Again in 2011 this workshop is being presented jointly by VOSA and KMEIA on Saturday 26 February at Kilvington Girls’ Grammar School in Ormond, from 9am to 1pm. Susie Davies-Splitter, Julia Piggin and Mark O’Leary are presenting. This workshop is also suitable for teachers who are new to the music classroom. Mark the date in your new diary now! Early bird registrations are to be booked and paid for by 11 February.

Click here to download the brochure.

You can also register using this link http://tinyurl.com/2cotetr

April - Orff level courses in Melbourne.

Australian Orff Level courses accredited through ANCOS (Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk)

Subjects include Movement and Dance, Orchestration and Analysis, Technique and Improvisation, Recorder, Vocal Studies and Pedagogy.

Each course is 36 hours. There are 4 levels in total - below are a list of level 1 and 2 courses being offered early in 2011

LEVEL 1 COURSE 17th to 22nd Jan at Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy Melbourne with presenters Sarah Brooke and susie Davies-Splitter

LEVEL 1 & 2 COURSES 11th to 16th April at Burwood Uniting Church in Glen Iris, Melbourne with presenters Melissa Dods, Christoph Maubach, Susie Davies-Splitter & Carolyn Royal

More information at www.vosa.org or click here for the flyer and registration form

May - LMD - Living Music and Dance on 27th and 28th May 2011 in Melbourne

At Darebin Arts Centre, Preston, Melbourne with special guest presenter Lenka Pospisilova (Czech Republic)

More information at www.vosa.org

June - Welcome to Music PLAYshops with Susie and Phil- in Brisbane June 6 and Sydney June 10 -presented by IJAM Music. Email admin@ijam.com.au for registrations and /or enquiries

August - ECCPA - 15th Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts (ECCPA) on 21-22 August 2011 in Melbourne

At Genazzano FCJ College, Cotham Rd, Kew, Melbourne with special guest presenter Tanya Batt (NZ). The theme is Once Upon A Story ….. A Musical Journey.

In 2011 Tanya Batt (drama specialist) is the Key Presenter. In addition there are over 30 other experts presenting a wide range of ‘hands on’ workshops throughout the weekend. This conference is for pre-school teachers, primary school teachers, caregivers, family day care workers, therapists, parents and anyone interested in working creatively with young children (0-8yrs). More information at www.vosa.org

Jan 2012 -VOICES OF THE SWAN: National Australian Orff Conference, 8 – 13 January 2012 in Perth WA

Main presenters are Andrea Sangiorgio (Italy), Kalani (USA) and Robyn Stavely (Australia). Voices of the Swan is about communication through singing, saying, dancing and playing. www.ancos.org.au/conference

Call for Presenters - you may apply by clicking on the following link (or pasting it into your browser) http://tiny.cc/uc18a Applications are due by 14 January 2011

Planning ahead?

We would love to be involved in your planning and programs so please keep us in mind when planning your events for the future. We can offer a range of great services including:

  • Professional development 'PLAYshops'
  • Preschool classes
  • Music shows for preschool and primary
  • Family concerts
  • Choral days
  • Community Drum circles - for students, families and teachers
  • Artists in School programs - from one day to a whole term
  • 'MusiKeynote' presentations for seminars and conferences on a variety of topics including the popular 'I'm not stressed - I always look like this!' great for openings and closings, or as a great interactive and fun workshop
  • Composition of school songs..... and more....please contact us for further information.

Become a Welcome to Music Facebook fan!

We all know how big social networking has become, so we now have our own 'Welcome to Music' Facebook page as we want to make sure we are reaching as many people as possible with the joy of music. With videos of workshops, pics, what's coming up and more it's worth a look. Also you can comment (but do be nice!) or send us stuff that you think might be worth sharing. We look forward to seeing you there.

To check us out, comment and become a 'Welcome to Music' fan, click here.

Phil and his two hats

Did you know Phil wears 2 hats? And no we don't just mean when he is performing or presenting. As well as being one half of 'Welcome to Music' he also works part time as Franchise Development Manager for 'Mini Maestros'(www.minimaestros.com.au) who run fantastic educational music programs for young children, and his role is to help expand their franchise operations not just in Melbourne, but interstate and even overseas. New franchise opportunities are available now so if you know anyone who is passionate about music and children, enjoys singing, dancing and having fun, and has an interest in nurturing children with experiences that will enhance their overall development, please ask them to contact Phil at phil@minimaestros.com.au.

Phil's PHILosophy

In keeping with the 'keeping it short' theme this editon, I have a self penned quote that I'd like to share with you.....

"Having a sound mind is all very good but having a sound heart allows you to truly hear the music in your soul"

Have a fabulous year filled with good health, music and laughter

What is Musicnotes?

MusicNotes is our eNewsletter for preschool and primary teachers, caregivers, parents, therapists, community members and anyone who loves music and is passionate about music for children and all people - regardless of age or background!

MusicNotes is filled with useful information, music resources updates, workshop and event information, articles on music education and even an Ask Susie question and comments forum.

You can read more about 'Welcome To Music', listen to tracks, shop on line and more on our website: www.welcometomusic.net.

 
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