Welcome To Music - Musicnotes Newsletter
In This Issue
What's coming up?
Free Workshop opportunity
NAPLAN - Good or bad?
New resource - 'AlphabetZ'
New resource - 'Your Stage' Music book
Music for the Earth
Make a change - make a difference!
Planning ahead?
Like to enjoy some 'Vintage Red'?
What people are saying
Become a Facebook and Twitter fan!
Phil's PHILosophy

Dear John Smith,

Welcome to this edition of Musicnotes where we look at a couple of new resources, our 'Hearts in Harmony' day coming up in Melbourne, PLAyshops with IJAM in Brisbane and Sydney in June, a fascinating article about NAPLAN (The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy), an opportunity to attend a 'Welcome to Music' PLAYshop for free, Phil's PHILosopy and lots more.

You can even help Phil win a guitar - and who wouldn't want to do that?

So take a few minutes, read on and enjoy...

Yours in harmony,

Susie & Phil

What's coming up?

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

May -‘Hearts in Harmony’ – a ‘fun’tastic community music day for all ages on this Sunday May 1st at ACU in Fitzroy,Melbourne presented by the School of Education, Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This day is open to all ages, backgrounds and abilities – no musical experience is required.

Join Jon Madin, Geelong’s local teacher/composer/instrument inventor and play some of his wonderful and wacky instruments such as marimbas, echo cellos, shaker rings and musical bikes; fabulous drum circle facilitator Steve Durbin will involve all ages in drumming and percussion; Emma Hart from Mini Maestros will present a music session for littlies; Audrey Fine will share some of her wonderful folk dance repertoire with us and Susie and Phil (Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter) will have you singing your heart out with songs from all corners of the world.

With performances at lunchtime by Indigenous and hip hop acts from Cultural Infusion, Mini Maestros childrens choir, Ashwood special school choir and ‘Hearts in Harmony’ community choir this event should not be missed. Children under 12 are free, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $5 and for the rest of us it’s only $25 for the full day! For more info contact janie@welcometomusic.net and ask for a flier.

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 Monday June 6 and Sydney Friday June 10 -presented by IJAM Music. Final registrations due by May 16 so register now to ensure your place.

Click for Brisbane or Sydney registration and info

Susie and Phil are presenting a MusiKeynote and 2 PLAYshops at the Gladstone Teacher's conference in Queensland on Sat June 4

They are also doing a choral/AIS day at Meriden Girl's school in Sydney June 7 followed by 2 days at the Central Coast Choral Festival.

For more information on these events please contact us.

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

Free Workshop opportunity

If you or someone you know is connected to an Early Learning Centre, Preschool or Kindergarten in metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria that would be willing to host a 90 min or 2 hour Welcome to Music PLAYshop with Phil, they will receive 2 free registrations (value $98). All we need is a good space and a range of percussion instruments - although we can supply these if required. These worshops are a great opportunity for you and your staff to improve your skills - and they are a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity too!

Phil is also available for regular music classes and/or a one off 'Funny Phil's Music Show' for your centre. Contact us if you are interested to know more.

NAPLAN - Good or bad?

Richard Gill, well known choral conductor and music director of Victorian Opera, has written a very interesting article about NAPLAN (The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year. It's worth a read as it gives you something to think about in regard to the future of education in Australia.

Click here to view the article.

New resource - 'AlphabetZ'

You might recall that in 2009 we had the pleasure of writing and recording a bunch of alphabet songs for Maureen Pollard's wonderful literacy resource 'Milo's Birthday Surprise'. Maureen is a literacy consultant who is passionate about helping teachers and parents understand the skills involved in teaching children to read and write and she has a business called 'Little Learners Love Literacy'. (http://www.littlelearnersloveliteracy.com)

Now we are delighted to announce that we are releasing our own version of the songs on an album called 'AlphabetZ' - 26 original and fun character songs from A to Z, with a focus on literacy, for children up to 8 years. This resource will come with a music book that includes photocopyable melody lines, chords and lyrics. This fabulous new resource will be available very soon and we 'betz you'll just love it!

New resource - 'Your Stage' Music book

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 .

Music for the Earth

In celebration of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network, Sonicbids, Musician’s Friend and many artists from around the world are giving you the gift of "green" music. All of the tracks on the site have an Earth Day theme, demonstrating social responsibility, dedication to the environmental movement and love for our planet Earth.

You can download tracks from every artist on the site, so find the artists you like and download their tracks today.

As an added bonus for the artists, the Top 20 artists will be eligible to win a Gibson Jackson Browne Model 1 Acoustic Guitar, courtesy of Musician’s Friend as well as a feature on the Earth Day Network homepage.

Music for the Earth is a held in partnership with the Earth Day Network’s Arts for the Earth™.

Here’s how it works: Head over to http://earthday.sonicbids.com/ and download your favourite track- which of course will be 'My Mountain' by Susie and Phil!. Each download counts as a vote. The Top 20 artists with the MOST votes by May 9th will be reviewed and one artist will win the guitar and be featured on the Earth Day Network homepage. Very cool!

Make a change - make a difference!

As well as being one half of 'Welcome to Music' Phil 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 looking to make a change, 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

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.

Like to enjoy some 'Vintage Red'?

Given Susie and Phil's passion is music it will probably come as no surprise that thay are in a band - well a trio at least, with their good friend and talented muso Russ Castleman. They call themselves 'Vintage Red'. Susie, Phil and Russ combine their collective talents with keyboard, acoustic guitars and mellow 3 part harmonies to present a selection of vintage songs from the 50's through the 80's, from vintage performers and bands they would have all liked to have been in! With the option of adding bass and drums Vintage Red is great for any occasion.

So if you're in Melbourne and looking for a band for your next celebration, party or anything where good music will be appreciated, please contact Phil at phil@welcometomusic.net and mention 'Vintage Red'. They even have their own Facebook page - click here to check it out (and maybe even click 'like'- if you like it!)

Vintage Red will be appearing at a free lunchtime concert at ACU in Melbourne on May 16 with Susie's 'Hearts in Harmony' choir. Click here for details

What people are saying

"Phil, we really enjoyed your music program and I know that I received a great deal of positive feedback from the parents as their children would ask every morning; “Is it Thursday today? Is it a Phil day?” I think it is a sad thing these days that we haven’t more men in the industry as men bring a different dynamic to the program." Dianne Goodall, Director, Surrey Hills Preschool

"Hi Phil,I can't tell you how much I appreciated having you at the Knox festival today - I told my husband Andy it was a bit like the Queen coming to support the school bake sale!! The performance was great!! Certainly adds a lot of energy, and the kids thought it was a great novelty - my kids went to bed talking about Funkey Monkey - 'the REAL Funkey monkey, not the toy one!' I know your time is precious, and I really valued your time and input at the marquee too - so once again Thank you" Kate Phillips, Mini Maestros Franchisee

"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

Become a Facebook and Twitter 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.

We have now also opened our very own 'Twitter' account for all you twits...or is that tweets out there? Click here to check it out.

Phil's PHILosophy

For this edtion I have included just 2 short little clips for you...

The first one is very clever and really tests your awareness. Click here to view and watch closely!

The second one shows some real fancy footwork. Check it out here.

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.

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