About Welcome to Music

Welcome to Music was established in 1992 with Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter as a partnership. Their vision is to help make teaching and learning music easy and fun for all and enrich peoples’ lives with the joy of music and the arts.

Publications and Recordings

Susie and Phil have written and composed their own very successful music series for children entitled Welcome to Music comprising children’s CD’s with accompanying books for caregivers and teachers, as well as an extensive choral range and musicals.

These resources are used extensively in early childhood centres and schools in Australia, New Zealand,

Singapore, Malaysia, China, UK, Canada and the USA.

Songwriting commissions

Susie and Phil have been commissioned to write many compositions including ‘Hearts in Harmony’ for Playworks – theme song for a series of videos called ‘Together we make a Difference’ and ‘Island in the Sky’ for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council – a song written for children and families affected by the devastating bushfires in the Dandenongs in 1997. Also, their song ‘Strive for the Highest’ was written for Penhros College in Perth to celebrate their 50th anniversary and performed as part of the Hillsongs Choral Festival in 2004.

They have also written a number of school songs (Mitcham Primary School 06), (Leschenhault Primary School 05), songs for musicals (Korowa Girls’ School 05) as well as a literacy program (Little Learners love Literacy 09) and music program (Mini Maestros).

Many of their songs have been published in the ABC ‘Sing’ Books from 95 – 09 and a variety of songs have been rerecorded and performed by schools and mass choirs for performances and festivals around Australia and New Zealand.

Children’s Shows

Since 1992 – Susie and Phil have written and performed children’s shows ‘Rainbows,Trees & Tambourines’, ‘Welcome to Music’, ‘Razzamajazz’ and ‘Funkey Monkey’ for children from 3 to 13 years around Australia, USA and Singapore.

Artists in Schools Programs (AIS)

Since 1997, Susie and Phil have conducted AIS programs in the following schools around Australia and overseas – Ferny Creek Primary School, Cheltenham East Primary School, Haileybury College, Cedar Way Elementary School in Seattle USA, Hawthorn West Primary School, Gembrook Primary School, Parkdale Primary School, Pakenhan Hills Primary School, Jazz Festivals at St Paul’s Minimbah, Mt Dandenong Primary School, Sacre Coeur, Grimwade House, Melbourne Grammar middle school choir, Caulfield Grammar School, Westbourne Grammar, Joan of Arc School, Port Fairy School, Flagstone Primary School Qld, Newman Primary School, WA, Berwick Primary School, Peregian Springs College Qld, St Francis Xavier School, All Saint’s Arts Festival Qld,

Mentone Park Primary School, Ashwood Special School, Broadmeadows Special School, Hermannsberg indigenous school Northern Territory, Eltham College and Rose Park Primary School, Adelaide, Mentone Park Primary School, Harrisfield Primary School, Bendigo Special Developmental School, Preshil School, Larapinta Primary School, Alice Springs, Hazelwood Special Education School, Hobart, Northern Support School-St Georges, Launceston and Lihir International School, PNG.

Community Events

Workshops for parents about music education at health care and child care centres

Family Music Events including many ‘Parents for Music’ conferences and festivals, family dances, Brunswick Children’s Festival and the Port Fairy Folk Festival, FEIP in the City Square,

libraries etc

They are also the founders of ‘Hearts in Harmony Community Music’ a not for profit association and their passion is to help cultivate healthy communities and each individual’s potential to be creative and compassionate human beings through music and the arts.

TV & Radio Appearances

1989 – Appeared on the Ernie Sigley Morning Show to perform ‘Dreamflight’ written after working with children from the Variety club.

1993 Appeared on ‘Healthy Wealthy and Wise’ working with children at the Victorian College of the Arts

1994 – Appeared on ‘Healthy Wealthy and Wise’ as children’s entertainers

2006 – 774 radio – interviewed by Lindy Burns about the NRSME

Performances & Presentations – for adults and children.

Prior to 1992, as a vocalist and keyboard player, Susie had performed regularly at ‘Jazz After Dark’ and ‘Friday at Five’ at the Victorian Arts Centre as well as many venues such as the Hilton, Regent and Windsor Hotels.

In 1989 Susie and Phil joined the Dreamflight Variety Club project entertaining hundreds of

disabled and disadvantaged children on a trip to Queensland then proceeded to perform at the
Variety Club Christmas Concerts for children with disabilities later in 89 and also 90 & 91.

Since 1992, Susie and Phil have performed as a duo at various festivals and venues. They have performed with the Young Voices of Melbourne Choir, the National Children’s choir of Australia at concerts at the Glen Eira Town Hall and Chapel off Chapel as well as for senior citizens in nursing homes.

Susie and Phil also work as Speakers, Conference Energisers and Performers in the corporate and

education market sectors and have given keynote addresses at conferences (Jells Park School 05,

Calamvale College Qld 07, Music Teacher’s Conference in Cairns 08).

In November 2009, Susie and Phil hosted 10 children’s concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the

Iwaki Auditorium in Southbank, Melbourne as part of their ‘Classic Kids’ program.

More recently they have added ‘Ukexperts’ to their long list of credentials and with their original and exciting new ‘Black Belt Ukulele’ program and ‘Uke ’N Sing’ classes for all ages, learning the Ukulele has never been easier, more fun and totally accessible to all