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In This Issue
New album - 'Beat Street!'
What's been happening?
What's coming up?
Hearts in Harmony Community Music day
Musicnotes article
'Music, Learning, Live' in Singapore
Looking ahead?
Be our friend...
What people are saying
Phil's PHILosophy
Musical quote

Dear John Smith,

Welcome to the July 2013 edition of Musicnotes and the official release of our long awaited new album 'Beat Street!' which we have been workshopping all over Oz to teachers who have enjoyed the new songs including some popular traditionals that we have recorded on the album. As well as this, there is an interesting article about our not for profit association, 'Hearts in Harmony Community Music' that was published recently in the Music Education Asia magazine. Plus as always, where we've been and where we're going, including the first ever 'Music, Learning, Live' music conference in Singapore in October, which sounds awesome. Also we are running another 'Hearts in Harmony Community Music' day in October - with a very special guest!! (you'll have to read more for all the details!) FInally a little light relief and just a touch of poignancy with Phil's PHILososphy. So read on and enjoy....

Yours in harmony,

Susie & Phil

New album - 'Beat Street!'

Yes, it's time to stop beating around the bush and start beating the drum, as our new baby is finally here! It is is doing very well judging by the response we have had so far in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, so thank you to all those who have ordered a copy.

Susie is putting the finishing touches on the Teachers book and this will be ready in a few weeks - but if you order the Teachers kit now, we will send you the CD immediately so you can start enjoying and using the songs, and we will then send the book as soon as it's ready.

We are describing 'Beat Street!' as an 'Early childhood/Primary' album, as there will be plenty of activities for kids from 3-10 years. It includes songs and stories about Dinosaurs, Aussie Rules footy and Pirates, plus dances, 'hello' songs and traditional songs from Israel, Africa and Torres Strait Islands. With opportunities to sing rounds, move, and play instruments this will be a welcome addition to your classroom music collection.

Click here to read a review by Jane Nicholas from the Western Australian Orff Association (WOASA)

Click here to see some pics of Susie and Phil and the Young Voices of Melbourne choristers in the recording studio putting down some of the new tracks

And click here if you'd like to listen to sample tracks.

What's been happening?

Since the arrival of 'Beat Street!", we've recently travelled to Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth to present PLAYshops meeting some lovely folk along the way.

So a big howdee doodee to all of those we have met over the last few weeks and we hope you are enjoying the new music.

We've also had the privilege and pleasure to work with students at MLC (Methodist Ladies College) in Kew in Melbourne and at Redlands College in Sydney, and Phil's day was made when a year 3 boy at Redlands said "You are awesome!". At least that's what Phil thinks he said!!

It was also a real treat working with the Australian Girls Choir in Brisbane recently where we introduced one of the new songs off 'Beat Street!' called 'Time to Sing' which they really enjoyed.

Click here to see pics taken at all these events.

What's coming up?

Well, compared to the last couple of months things are slowing down a bit for us, although Susie is off to China in August to present Orff level 1 and 2 courses with Sarah Brooke as they do each year. Click here for the level 1 course flier. Click here for the registration form.

Prior to that we will be presenting PLAYshops in and around Melbourne (check out our calendar here to see what's coming up) and we will also be starting our annual music programs at Surrey Hills Preschool in Melbourne, which is a real treat for us each year.

We are also doing an Artists in School program at Beaconhills College which should be lots of fun and on Aug 17 and 18 we'll be presenting workshops at ECCPA - Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts - which is a must-attend event if you work in Early Childhood. Click here for more info.

In early October Susie will be presenting at the WA Orff level courses (level 1-3), presented by WAOSA (West Australian Orff Association) - click here for information. Toward the end of October we are heading to Singapore to present at the inaugural 'Music, Learning, Live' conference. Susie will be presenting a course for the Singapore Teachers Academy of the Arts (STAR) whilst Phil will be presenting workshops for Pat's Schoolhouse. Then 2 days at home before heading off to the USA and Canada where we will be presenting at the OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Association) Conference in Niagara (someone has to do it!) and the AOSA (American Orff Society Of America) annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

Make a note of this in your diaries - Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) day Sunday October 6 at MLC (Methodist Ladies' College) Kew, Melbourne - with special guest RICHARD GILL OAM. See below for details about this all inclusive community music day

We look forward to seeing some of you at one or more of these exciting events over the next few months.

Hearts in Harmony Community Music day

Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) Day, Sunday October 6 at MLC (Methodist Ladies' College) Kew, Melbourne

With special guest RICHARD GILL OAM

We invite you and your students and their families and friends to join our HHCM Day on Sunday 6th of October at the Methodist Ladies' College, Kew as participants or volunteers (wonderful professional development) or as part of the massed intergenerational choir.

The workshops - Come along and participate in inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Workshops include ‘Music for Mini’s’ with Heather Monro from Kids Music Company, ‘Folk Dancing from around the world’ with Audrey Fine, ‘Sing your heart out’ with Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter, ‘Marimbas and wacky instruments’ with Jon Madin and ‘Singing’ with Richard Gill.

‘Time to Sing’ Concert – 2.30-3.45 - Performances include various school and community music groups, GTR-Good Times Roll Band and featuring the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed and intergenerational choir, including over 200 choristers made up of local schools, community groups, individuals and families, and conducted by special guest RICHARD GILL OAM.

‘All In’ Finale – within a part of the workshops, you will learn an easy marimba and dance accompaniment to an in common popular song. Once learned, you are invited to choose one of these groups, join our ‘All In’ rehearsal and then perform in the ‘All In finale’ at the concert.

HHCM massed and intergenerational choir - Choir Call – Expression of Interest - This unique choir is for all ages and abilities including school choirs, adult community choirs, families and individuals. Four songs, in different styles and languages, have been selected by an expert panel. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 2nd Sept.

Volunteers - Would you like some excellent and free professional development? - Volunteers are required from 8am to 5pm and attend all workshops and the concert. Tasks include: Setting up and packing up, registration, setting up equipment and instruments, meeting and greeting, guiding and directing people between locations, security, stage hands for concert etc.

General Information - Children under 12 are only $5, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $10 and for adults it’s only $20 for the full day! There are also family tickets at $25.

Click here for the general flier

Click here for information about the choir call

Click here for a choir registration form

For bookings -www.trybookings.com.au/CUVB

Enquiries - janie@welcometomusic.net or phone 1300 769 803

Musicnotes article

In this edtion we are delighted to share an article about our not for profit association 'Hearts in Harmony Community Music Inc', that was writte by Susie and printed in the May-August edtion of 'Music Education Asia' magazine.

It gives the background on the association and our philosophy around the importance of music in the community.

To read this fascinating article click here

'Music, Learning, Live' in Singapore

Music educators from all over the world gather to share, connect and network as the musiclearninglive! conference and exhibition comes to Asia (Singapore) for the first time.

If you're looking for a Music Conference that is going to bring world leading music educators, practitioners and performers - then this is the one! Presenters/speakers include:

  • David Price (UK)
  • Mark Johnson (USA)
  • James Frankel (USA)
  • Laszlo Nemes (Hungary) - Kodaly Institute
  • Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter (Australia)

Our good friends, Jozzbeat/JellyMusic are proud sponsors and there will be a good showing of Aussies there too, so it promises to be a great music education event.

The fantastic thing about MusicLearningLive!Asia is that there a large number of the world's leading educators that never (or rarely) make it all the way to Australia. However, you'll have the chance to see them here!

As a sponsor Jozzbeat can offer you a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED conference fee when booking. Use the code: mllAsiaJelly when booking on the www.musiclearninglive.asia website and you'll receive a 20% discount on the delegate fee.

We do hope you can make the trip and see what is happening around the globe in music education.

Looking ahead?

If you're looking ahead for the rest of this year and beyond 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 and Community Drum circles - for students, families and teachers
  • Artists in School programs - from one day to a whole term
  • 'MusiKeynote' presentations for PD Days, 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
  • Composition of school songs .....
  • And more .... please contact us for further information.

Be our friend...

We would love it if you could 'like' our Facebook page and that way you can keep with what's going on in our crazy world in between our quarterly enews. Check it out here.

What people are saying

“I've just listened to 'Beat Street!' Great job Susie and Phil. It's beautifully produced, the songs are fun and it took me back to when my babies used to listen non-stop to Rainbows and Bop in the Bath. The kids will be very excited to hear how the songs turned out!”

Mark O’Leary, Director, Young Voices of Melbourne

"Dear Susie and Phil,Just wanted to say how much I’m loving using ‘Beat Street!’ with my kids. So many great songs to use both in my class and with the choir. Lots of scope to take each song in different directions too.

Love your work,"

Hilary Fairlie, Kingsville PS, Melbourne

“I wanted to write and say a big thank you for your workshop on Saturday. I really loved it and it was very inspiring. It was apparent how much thought and time you put into preparing it and giving us all many opportunities to be engaged was fantastic. I feel like I learnt so much and wanted to acknowledge your great efforts.”

Thank you

Danielle Merlino, Music Teacher

Phil's PHILosophy

If you need a laugh (and don't we all?) this is a sure bet.................

The Singing Anesthesiologists. Listen carefully to the words!

These singers ARE all Anesthesiologists in Minnesota and they can really sing.

click on: http://nottotallyrad.blogspot.com/2009/11/waking-up-is-hard-to-do.html

And now on a more serious note check this out.....well worth a quick look and amazing and a bit sad to see what happens we become 'adults'!!

And now although one might argue I am treading on dangerous ground I think you will enjoy this.... (it would not be the case if it was the other way around though!) Click here to find out why men are always happy!!

Musical quote

"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate."

–Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp

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