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In This Issue
What's been happening
Another FREE song for you!
Hearts in Harmony Community Music
Community music day-Nov 11 in Melbourne
Feeling Stressed?
What's coming up
FREE 'Music Count Us In' workshops
What people are saying
Phil's PHILosophy

G'day John Smith, welcome to the October 2012 Musicnotes and a particular welcome to our new subscribers - from Tassie and Perth where we have visited recently presenting PLAYshops and shows. We have lots of goodies for you in this edition including what Susie and Phil have been up to (they just never sit still!), what's coming up, our not for profit association and how you can get involved, a way to beat stress, and another free song for you to download. Plus an opportunity for you to attend a free 'Music Counts us in' workshop, and of course Phil's PHILosophy which will hopefully put a smile on your face and give you a break from reality for a brief moment.

So do yourself a favour, take a moment out of your busy life and enjoy this edition of Musicnotes.

Yours in harmony,

Susie & Phil

What's been happening

Since our last edition, Susie has been to Shenzen in China to teach Orff levels in June; we have been to Thessaloniki in Greece for the ISME (Intl Society of Music Educators) conference in July and travelled around Turkey with our good friends Lynn and Steve Kleiner. We also had a week in Israel which was just amazing and then 2 days in Athens which was also amazing. So you could say we've been everywhere man!!

Then in August we had the 16th ECCPA (Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts) at Gennazano College in Kew in Melbourne and even though Phil was not talking or singing, having had his tonsils out 2 weeks earlier, it was a great succes. In fact Susie had a better time than usual - one wonders why?

In September we headed down to the Apple Isle (that's Tasmania for the un-initiated) to present workshops and concerts in Launcestion and Hobart, where a good (and freezing cold) time was had by all!

More recently we presented a 'Singing in the Classroom' concert for students from Penbank Primary at BMW edge at Federation Square in Melbourne, and 2 family shows at the Melbourne Recital centre as part of their 'Pop kids' school holidays performances. Then we were off to Perth for workshops and concerts which included a 24 hour visit to Margaret River for some shows and a workshop in the local kindy. Our frustration at not being able to spend more time down there was somewhat tempered by the cold and wet weather - and when we say cold and wet we mean cold and wet! (Give us Melbourne's temperate climate anytime!) However the teachers and kids we worked with were all warm hearted so it didn't matter.

We also gave 2 workshops around Perth and did a music show for about 100 very excited Preps at Wembley Primary on their last day of term.

As if that wasn't a hectic enough schedule Susie presented Orff levels 1 and 2 with presenter and good friend Sue Lane, from the Central Coast in NSW, and local teachers Helen Wilson, Anette Kerkovius and Jackie Ewers.

Another FREE song for you!

How would you like another FREE download of one of our songs? In our last edition we featured 'The Green and the Gold' from our albums 'Razzamajazz' and 'The Power of You' given it was around the Olympics and we thought it appropriate to have an Aussie anthem.

This edition we are featuring a song off 'Your Stage' our recent early childhood resource with text by Mary Brake, who is a special needs consultant in Tassie. The song is called 'Mouth Sounds' and it has been wrtiten to encourage children to explore sounds they can make with their mouths - and it is a lot of fun so download and hear it for yourself.

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!

Hearts in Harmony Community Music

The statistics show that only around 25% of all children in government and Catholic schools in Australia receive a quality music education. Therefore more that ever, we need to give our children, their families and communities access to inclusive community music and arts programs that help to develop confidence and skills in the expressive arts as well as healthy bodies and minds. This is why HHCM has been created.

‘Hearts in Harmony Community Music’s (HHCM) vision is to build healthy communities through inclusive music for all ages, abilities, faiths and cultures and to raise awareness of the importance of active music making in schools and communities around Australia.

HHCM’s mission is to implement sustainable music programs that build capacity and social capital, develop positive connections, enhance health and well being and embrace diversity in a fun, engaging and non threatening environment.

HHCM recognises an opportunity to assist all children and adults, including those with disabilities and disadvantage, as well as primary, pre‐service and general class teachers, to have a forum for self expression, unlock their innate creative potential and make a difference.


The programs cater for people of all ages, faiths, cultures and levels of musical experience. There are no auditions or requirements to read music. All that’s required is enthusiasm and commitment. Everyone is welcome!

‘Hearts in Harmony’ community choirs

– aim to celebrate each unique voice. Repertoire includes a wide range of songs and musical styles from around the world that reflect the cultural makeup and diversity of the local community. If you would like to join one of our choirs please contact janie@welcometomusic.net for more information

‘Hearts in Harmony’ community music days

–each full day event involves practical workshops in singing, folk dancing and playing instruments. All led by experienced educators and artists.

We had a very successful community music day on April 22 at Federation Square in Melbourne and we are holding a second one on November 11! See below for details about this fabulous event.

‘Music Moves’ –taking music to the world - see separate section below

‘Music Connect’- Hearts in Harmony schools music outreach program

This program is based on social inclusion providing shared, active music making through singing, movement and playing instruments. A partnership is forged between a primary school and at least one other ‘friend’ organization such as an aged care facility, early learning centre, special school, hospital, disability unit etc.

‘Music Stage’- inclusive music and theatre holiday programs and family camps for disadvantaged youth.

Click here for more information and click here to go to our Facebook page - make sure you 'like' us!

*STOP PRESS - We are always looking for more volunteers to help us with setting up events before and on the day AND we need someone with an accounting background who might be interested to offer their services. Please contact Janie on 1300 769 803 or janie@welcometomusic.net if you can help

Community music day-Nov 11 in Melbourne

Our next Hearts in Harmony Community Music Day and "Everyone Sing" Concert at BMW Edge Melbourne is on Sunday 11th November. Come and join us in a HUGE day of inclusive music making for all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Morning workshops include ‘Marimba Mayhem’ with local teachers and musicians Andy Rigby and Heather McLaughlin, ‘Drum for Fun’ with percussionist Steve D from Playwork Oz and ‘Groovin’ guitars and ukuleles’ with musicians and composers Susie and Phil (Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter), followed by the "Everyone Sing" concert at 2.30pm. With performances by GTR-Good Times Roll; Pinewood/Greensborough Primary Schools' Marimba Ensemble; Gladstone Park Primary School's Violin Ensemble and a 250-voice massed choir, made up of schools, community groups, individuals and families, and conducted by renowned choral conductor Mark O'Leary from Young Voices of Melbourne, this is an event you won't want to miss!!

There are limited places left in our Hearts in Harmony Massed Choir, so please contact janie@welcometomusic.net if you'd like more information. Each chorister or choral director is invited to join our special Dropbox folder where you will have access to the lyrics, audio and in some instances video of the accompanying actions to the songs. You can opt to sing only the melody line, or for the more adventurous, purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. There is a compulsory rehearsal at BMW Edge at 1pm on 11th November.

For more info click here and for to book click here, or call Janie on 1300 769 803, email janie@welcometomusic.net.

Hope to see you there!

Feeling Stressed?

Did you know that daily stress is one of the most dangerous things the human body is faced with? It is so destructive, that it actually degrades the function of the body and mind and results in most ailments including anxiety, depression, weight gain, chronic fatigue syndrome, lack of concentration, low libido, and many others.

Even worse, stress is considered by many leading medical doctors as the cause for more than 85% of all diseases including cancer, and has the power to destroy our mental perception of ourselves and the people around us -- which creates even more stress!

The good news is…"You can manage stress." And one of the best ways to do that is to hear Phil's very funny BUT important presentation called 'I'm not stressed - I always look like this!'.

In this highly interactive and entertaining presentation, Phil puts forward the notion that although we have stress in our lives, it’s how we manage it that can make the difference between thriving, simply surviving, or worse!

Phil will help you uncover the myths of what stress is, why we have it and what we can do about it, in a fun and light-hearted manner that will give you some much needed strategies for coping in the classroom, the staffroom – and beyond!

‘I’m not stressed, I always look like this!’ is a great way to begin a conference or special event or as an interactive workshop; leaving you feeling energised, empowered, enthused, entertained…and enspired to tackle the task of teaching... and living, with renewed enthusiasm.

Contact us if you would like more information

What's coming up

During October Phil will be visiting Toolangi Primary school in the Yarra Valley once a week to work with about 20 students on what promises to be a fun music program culminating in a new song to be recorded by Phil and some of the children that will be theirs to keep.

Meanwhile Susie will be presenting 'Music Count us In' workshops all around metropolitan Melbourne, on behalf of aMUSE. See below for more information and how you can come to a FREE workshop.

In November we are heading up to sunny Serpentine to present a WTM PLAYshop for a Preschool group. So if you or someone you know in the Bendigo area might be interested in a workshop, concert or music show etc please contact us asap!

Then we have our Hearts in Harmony Community Music day at Federation Square in Melbourne on Nov 11. See the article about this for more information.

Are you planning for 2013?

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.

FREE 'Music Count Us In' workshops

Music Count Us In 
FREE Professional Development Program

aMuse is presenting FREE professional development workshops for primary generalist teachers to provide resources and support for the 2012 Music Count Us In program song, together with ‘The Singing Classroom’ project.

Workshops will be held in metropolitan and regional locations. 

Workshops will be held from 4.00pm - 5.30pm.

Video conference workshops via Polcom will be available to regional areas. For more information and for workshop schedules click here to go to the aMUSE website.

What people are saying

“Hi Susie & Phil

I've been exploring a number of literacy ideas and resources in my music classes this term and have used your adorably amusing 'Mouth Sounds' song from AlphabetZ, plus a couple of the songs from the Uncle Milo's Birthday Surprise album. Congratulations by the way. They are excellent. I'm also pleased to see they are on iTunes now so have sent all my parents off to purchase their tracks. Good to follow you on Facebook - busy as ever. You are both doing wonderful work in this area. Keep it up. I love your resources.”

Paula Melville-Clark, MUZIK4KIDZ

"Susie and Phil MUST be congratulated on their ability to be so vibrant and entertaining to other music people. They obviously love their life and are an inspiration to all people around them.We all learnt so much and especially lots of new ways to inspire our students."

Thank You, Kerry Browning, music teacher, Tasmania

"As a practicing music teacher in schools for the last fourteen years, I have found the resources put out by Welcome to Music absolutely invaluable. I love the Orff approach, and Susie and Phil’s resources take this approach and make it amazingly easy, fun and accessible for all ages and types of children. With them I can deliver valuable, truly musical and educational experiences whether I have a well-appointed music room or just an ipod dock. I have yet to meet a small child who doesn’t love moving and grooving to the jazz based dances which teach so much about movement and phrasing and opens the door on playing. Movement is an oft neglected facet of music education and these resources make it easy and fun to introduce movement to children of all ages. On occasion when I have lost my voice or needed to combine classes to help out another teacher, there is nothing better than a playlist full of Susie and Phil’s dances to save the day; with them I can teach all day without needing to speak! For special needs children I cannot recommend Your Stage highly enough. When I began teaching at a school which had an established recorder program for years 2 and 3 I purchased Take Orff With Recorder and it has been hugely motivating and engaging for those children ever since. I have found that boys in particular love the jazz and latin styles and work hard to achieve each song. My upper primary classes love playing the Orff arrangements and delight in the success that the simple arrangements and groovy rhythms make so accessible at an elemental level. Whether you are an experienced Orff practitioner or a beginning teacher who has been thrust unprepared into the wonderful world of teaching music, these resources will be immensely valuable to you."

Angela Chapman, The Launceston Preparatory School, Tasmania

Phil's PHILosophy

A couple of short but funny clips to take your mind off your daily worries.....

Oh for....

If you're anything like me (?) you'll like this clip where someone has interpreted the lyrics to 'O Fortuna' somewhat differently to the original.

Check it out here

Aint this the ants pants?

This is a good example of what is meant by 'natural selection' Click here to see which species really is at the bottom of the table!

And remember.....He who laughs last..... probably didn't get it!

Until next time


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