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FREE Workshop opportunity
What's coming up?
New album coming - we need your help!
Article-Musical education lacks primacy
Hearts in Harmony Community Music
Feeling Stressed?
Friday on my Mind
Planning for 2013?
Phil's PHILosophy

Dear John Smith, Welcome to 2013 and for those in the southern hemisphere welcome to a new school year - and we bet you're excited to be back! Knowing how busy this time of year can be, we have kept this edition of Musicnotes short and to the point, but we did want to let you know about some great professional development that's coming up, plus an opportunity for you to attend a 'Welcome to Music' workshop for FREE!

There is a really interesting article for you on music education as well as some info on our not for profit association 'Hearts in Harmony Community Music'(HHCM). We would alsdo love your ideas and suggestions as we start work on a brand new Early Childhood album. Plus a fun way to beat stress and have a laugh at the same time. Finally to remind you to smile, we have Phil's PHILosophy.

So take a few minutes and enjoy this edition of Musicnotes.

Yours in harmony,

Susie & Phil

You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success. (That’s why some people talk about changing the current national emphasis on STEM to STEAM.) This was written by Lisa Phillips, an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner. To learn about Lisa’s book, “The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World,” click here.

By Lisa Phillips

1. Creativity – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

2. Confidence – The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.

To read the rest of this fascinating article click here.

FREE Workshop opportunity

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, Kindergarten or Primary school and would be willing to host a 2 hour Welcome to Music workshop they will receive 2 free registrations! (up to $118 value!). We need 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.

We can also provide half and full day workshops for Early childhood and Primary -please enquire if this interests you and see below for locations and dates already planned.

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 coming up?

We will be presenting a series of full day ‘Welcome to Music’ PLAYshops featuring brand new songs as well as must have favourites around metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria during 2013 and here are some locations and dates so far….

Make sure you register early to take advantage of the ‘Earlybird’ discounts and secure your spot!

Click here to download the registration form and for more information.




Goldfields Region


Wednesday 24th April

Murray Region


Saturday 27th April

Melbourne Bayside


Saturday 11th May

Bellarine Region


Saturday 15th June

Melbourne Eastern suburbs


Saturday 27th July

Goldfields Region


Saturday 3rd August

Western Districts


Saturday 7th September

(*Venues to be confirmed)

We will also be conducting workshops in Singapore and KL during March as well as Adelaide on May 25. Plus we are presenting on behalf of Ijam in Brisbane on May 30th and Sydney on June 3rd - please contact us if you woud like information about these events

As well there are some fabulous professional development opportunities brought to you by VOSA (Vic Orff Schulwerk Association)….

Back to School Day 2013 -23 February, Brush off the cobwebs and kick-start the new year. Be inspired by fresh and innovative ideas!

Location: Grimwade House, Melb Grammar Jnr School, Caulfield VIC Tell me more...

To see what else is coming up click here for our full calendar which is updated regularly.

New album coming - we need your help!

We are working on a new early childhood album to be released later this year and although we have lots of ideas already if you have any themes, thoughts or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.

Remember, don't reply to this email as it will just go into email limbo, so please email phil@welcometomusic.net with any thoughts you might have.

Article-Musical education lacks primacy

A musical education lacks primacy in primary schools - compiled by Jewel Topsfield, Education Editor for The Age

AN INQUIRY will be held into music education in Victorian schools amid fears it is not taught in many primary schools and is being cannibalised by preparation for NAPLAN tests.

The Victorian Parliament's education and training committee will examine how well music is taught at primary and secondary schools and how funding arrangements are working.

''It seems as though at the moment there is a fair bit offered at the secondary level but not as much at the primary level,'' said chairman David Southwick.

The inquiry comes as research this year found 38 per cent of rural Victorian primary schools do not offer music......To read more click here

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.


Our 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 music days

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

Dates for our two community music days are Sunday 5th May and 1st Sept. We will be sending out the choir call very soon - stay tuned for more details.

"The children were thrilled to sing in such a big choir, and excited to perform in a city venue. Thanks for the opportunity for these school groups to be part of the concert - it was a great day."

Heather McLaughlin, Teacher, Melbourne, Vic

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

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

‘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!

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

Friday on my Mind

Did you know Phil runs a radio show on local community radio station 'Southern FM 88.3'?

He has a show called 'Friday on my Mind', playing all the great hits of the 60's and 70's. Phil is on air every Friday from 12pm till 2pm so tune in if you can and enjoy the show! And don't worry if you are out of range as the show is streamed live from the Southern FM website, so no matter where in the world you are you can listen to the dulcet tones of Phil as he reels out the hits. Click here to check it out.

Planning for 2013?

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.

Phil's PHILosophy

Just so you can see what tickles my fancy (and hopefully yours!) here is a pic I took over the summer...Whilst frying a couple of eggs I suddenly found myself feeling all patriotic..I wonder why? It also seems to show that NSW is just one big 'yoke' while most of the rest of the country (save for the top of WA) is 'all white!

Also here's one for the birds....Frostie is a 22 year old Cockatoo who loves to dance - well worth a few moments of your time! Check it out here

And now a lovely quote to end this edition on a high note....

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself; incredible and inconceivable!”

Aaron Copeland –American composer (1900 -1990)

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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