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In This Issue
It was 20 years ago.....
A FREE song for you!
Do you love Music, Children and Travel?
What's coming up
FREE PLAYshop opportunity
What's been happening
Let the 'Good Times Roll'
Become a Facebook fan
Make a change - make a difference!
What people are saying
Phil's PHILosophy

Dear John Smith,

Welcome to the April 2012 edition of Musicnotes and we hope you have lots of music in your life wherever you are. Welcome also to our new subscribers and we hope you enjoy being part of the Welcome to Music family.

In this edition we look at our not for profit community music association and an opportunity to join us on a fabulous music trip to Thailand in November; the 'Hearts in Harmony' community music day coming up in Melbourne on April 22, a FREE song for you from our AlphabetZ album; one more chance to secure a free PLAYshop in your area, Phil's PHILosophy where you can have a bit of a laugh and we start by celebrating 20 years of music making. So read on and enjoy!

Yours in harmony,

Susie & Phil

It was 20 years ago.....

IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY..... Well, maybe not to the exact day, and no they didn't produce the Sgt Pepper's album but.... amazing as it seems 'Rainbows Trees and Tambourines' and 'Bop in the Bath' are 20 years old this year! And it's worth noting that allowing for new recording technology, these songs have stood the test of time. 'Songs like 'Fuzzy the Clown', 'The Crazy Conductor', Rainbows, Trees and Tambourines', 'Let's Sing all Together', 'The Melbourne Train' and 'The Aussie Rock' are still as popular today as they were when they were first heard - on cassette tape back in '92! Of course since then Susie and Phil have written and recorded hundreds of songs with 'AlphabetZ' being their latest Early Childhood album, and they plan to continue writing, recording and sharing their music for many years to come. Here's to the next twenty years of wonderful music making!

If you would like to see more 'archive' pics of Susie and Phil in their hey day click here to go to our Facebook page.

A FREE song for you!

Speaking of Facebook, would you like a FREE download of one of our songs? Last edition we featured 'Felix the Frog' from our latest Early Childhood album 'AlphabetZ'. This edition we are featuring a track called 'Oscar the Octopus' which made the semi finals of the prestigious International Songwriting competition.

Here is what the judges had to say:

"We are pleased to inform you that the song "Oscar the Octopus", entered into the Children's Music category, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). With over 16,000 entries in ISC 2011, this is an incredible accomplishment, and we would like to sincerely congratulate you on this achievement! Although the song was not selected as a finalist, because of the increased competitiveness this year, the status of semi-finalist is an exceptionally noteworthy achievement and one you should be very proud of."

Click here to go to our Facebook page and simply click on the big 'V' (above Music store), then click on FB LIKE FOR DOWNLOAD and the song will automatically download. Be sure and let us know what you think of it!

Do you love Music, Children and Travel?

Exciting news - We are starting a not for profit association called 'Hearts in Harmony Community Music' -building healthy communities through inclusive music for all ages, faiths and cultures,an initiative that Susie started during her tenure as music lecturer at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, and one we will be ultimately taking around Australia and the rest of the world, bringing the joy of music to needy communities everywhere. In fact In November, we will be taking a group of volunteers to an orphanage in Thailand to bring the joy of music to children there. If this is something that interests you please contact us for further information. Closer to home we are running a community music day in Melbourne on April 22- please see below for details.

What's coming up

Speaking about 'Hearts in Harmony..... on April 22 (Yes next Sunday!) at Federation Square in Melbourne we are proud to present

'HEARTS IN HARMONY COMMUNITY MUSIC DAY' - A full day of music activities for all ages!!

With back to back music workshops from 9am - 4.30pm the day is open to all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

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.
Percussionist Steve D from Playworks Oz will involve all ages in drumming and percussion; seasoned children’s entertainer Mike Jackson with his son Thom will teach us how to play ukuleles just for fun; Warren Wills, fabulous musical maestro, will entrance all with a singing workshop and Susie and Phil (Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter) will have you singing your heart out with songs from all corners of the world.

Don't miss our 'One Voice One Song' concert in BMW Edge at 1pm, with performances by Sistema Australia Youth Orchestra, Good Times Roll, Warren Wills, Greensborough/Pinewood Primary Schools' Marimba Group and a not to be missed performance featuring the Hearts in Harmony Choir, Young Voices of Melbourne and an intergenerational, interfaith massed choir!
Ticekts - Full day including concert admission
Adults $20
Student/Concession $10 *card must be presented
Family $25

Concert only - includes bonus admission to afternoon session!
Adult $10
Student/Concession $5*


For bookings/enquiries please contact Janie Webb
Phone: 1300 769 803
Email: info@welcometomusic.net

FREE PLAYshop opportunity

LIMITED DATES STILL AVAILABLE - Would you like to attend a Welcome to Music PLAYshop for free? If you or someone you know is connected to an Early Learning Centre, Preschool or Kindergarten and would be willing to host a 90 min or 2 hour Welcome to Music workshop with Phil, they will receive 2 free registrations! (value $98) All Phil needs is a good space (preferably carpeted) with chairs and maybe tea and coffee facilities. These PLAYshops 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!

This offer is also avaiiable for our interstate friends but we would need to allow for travel costs etc.

Phil is also available for regular music classes and/or a one off 'Funny Phil's Music Show' for your centre and we can offer full day PLAyshops and Artists in Schools programs. Please contact us if you are interested and would like to know more.

“We had a fantastic night with Phil's session - he was great fun, very motivating and he had all 35 of us up singing and dancing.” Jenny Donegan, Co-Ordinator, Family Day Care, City of Monash

What's been happening

Susie and Phil have been making merry music all around as they have presented a series of Early Childhood evening PLAYshops in the 'burbs and the countryside. If you would like to know how to attend a PLAYshop for free see the header 'FREE PLAYshop opportunity in this enews.

In early April Susie and Phil flew up to Moree in regional NSW to spend 3 days working with primary age kids from the region. They did an Artists in School program in Moree, then in Bingara and finally in Peter Allen country - Tenterfield.

Overall they worked with over 250 kids and a good time was had by all.

Click here to view some pics of these fun filled 3 days.

Let the 'Good Times Roll'

As we have mentioned in previous editions of Musicnotes, Susie and Phil are in a retro rock band called 'Good Times Roll' or GTR for short. Playing hits of the 50's 60's and 70's with flair, fun and fabulous vocals GTR really do let the good times roll!

And for those of you in Melbourne the good news is you can see them live at the Hampton RSL on Sat May 5 and Sat Jun 16. A fun night of golden oldies (and I don't just mean the band members!) so come along and dance the night away. GTR also features well known conductor and Director of the 'Young Voices of Melbourne' choirs - Mark O'Leary, on bass, the fabulous Russ Castleman on lead guitar and vocals, and drummer extraordinaire, Simon Williams. Bring your friends and make your own table and help to support live music for old rockers like Susie and Phil. Bookings always a good idea.

Hampton RSL - 25 Holyrood St, Hampton, VIC,
Phone (03) 9598 0460.

(Even if you can't come please 'like' us on our Facebook page...'Good Times Roll')

Become a 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.

Make a change - make a difference!

As well as being one half of 'Welcome to Music' Phil also works as the 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

What people are saying

I did 'The Fireman's BBQ' with my Preppies today, played the instruments, did the voices, used the BIG book etc. One little girl sitting on the floor in front of me just looked up and said quietly and gently, "Ms Arney, I LOVE this story"! Thank you!

Sue Arney, teacher, Melbourne

Hi Susie and Phil,

I don't believe we've ever met, but I just wanted to say thank you for your music. I love singing, and when I was in primary school my mother (Martina Golding, who is a primary school music teacher) had a CD of your songs that I loved! So much so that when I was twelve years old I insisted to our music teacher Pauline Greaves that we should write our annual school musical (Roslyn Primary School in Geelong) based around your music. She relented, and we did! It was called "Cool School"...

... Anyway I saw that you were friends with Mum on facebook and just had to let you know that your work is appreciated. Sometimes it's nice to be told, right?

Cheers, Sarah Golding, teacher, Victoria

Jan 2012 – about the Orff level 1 course

Susie, this course was literally life changing for me! I can't thank you enough. Not only has it set me up with content and methodolgy for my new role of choir director at Merri Creek primary school this year; but it has brought together all of the things I have been doing for years -the instrumental work, the creative dance ,the yoga, the singing AND the teaching in the most marvellous way! I loved every minute it!

Heartfelt thanks,

Jillian Gundermann – student ACU, Melbourne

Phil's PHILosophy

Two little fun clips for you in this edition so sit down with a nice cuppa and enjoy.....

Here is a fun but challenging little colour test for you to try. Click here and remember to concentrate!!

And now another chance to test your concentration skills.....

A game show in Britain where the panel have to guess the song name as someone acts out the verses….

This guy is just great! Have to watch it twice to catch all his clues…The panel have sound proof headphones so they can't hear the song.

Remember ...the panel can't hear the song ... only the audience and you can!!!

Click here and have a laugh!

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