Welcome To Music - Musicnotes Newsletter
In This Issue
New album - 'Beat Street!'
What's coming up?
Would you like us at your school?
What's been happening?
Skills children learn from the Arts
Hearts in Harmony Community Music news
What people are saying
Looking ahead?
Friday on my Mind
Feeling Stressed?
Phil's PHILosophy

G'Day John Smith

Welcome to our second edition of Musicnotes for 2013 and a big welcome to all our new subscribers - especially those in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur where we have been recently presenting courses and workshops and sharing the joy of music. You can read about our travels below as well as what else we've been up to. Plus what's coming up and the big news about our forthcoming new Early childhood/Primary album 'Beat Street!' There's some interesting info about our not for profit association 'Hearts in Harmony Community Music' including a new initiative 'MusiConnect' and a fascinating article about the top 10 skills children learn from doing music and the arts. Plus of course Phil's PHILosophy where you can always count on having a bit of a laugh.

So read on and enjoy.....

Yours in harmony,

Susie & Phil

New album - 'Beat Street!'

We are very close to completing our new 'baby' 'Beat Street!' and we've been having fun writing and recording some great new tracks, which we know you will love. We are calling it 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.

We will of course let you know when the album is finished and for those of you who will be attending any of our PLAYshops over the next few weeks you will get to experience some of the new tracks first hand!!

What's coming up?

We will be presenting a series of full day ‘Welcome to Music’ PLAYshops around metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth during May and June, featuring new songs off our forthcoming album 'Beat Street!', as well as must have favourites. See below for locations and dates....

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

PLEASE NOTE: If you register for the Hampton PLAyshop by this Friday (May 5) you can still have the early bird rate - please note on the form 'Enews offer"

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




Melbourne Bayside


Saturday 11th May

Bellarine Region


Saturday 20th July

Melbourne Eastern suburbs


Saturday 27th July

Goldfields Region


Saturday 3rd August

Western Districts


Saturday 7th September

*In Ringwood, Heather Monro from Kids Music Company (www.kidsmusiccompany.com.au) joins Susie and Phil


Sat June 1st - presented by QOSA (Queensland Orff Association) 'Take Orff with Welcome to Music'. Click here for registration form and information


Sat May 25th - presented by SAOSA (SA Orff Association) Click here for information and/or to register.


Then we are presenting full day workshops on behalf of Ijam in Brisbane on May 30th and Sydney on June 3rd and then Perth on June 22nd

For the Ijam workshops click here for more informartion and/or to register.

PERTH – LEVELS 1-3 ORFF COURSES -Sept 30 to Oct 4

Please contact Helen Wilson, Levels Coordinator, for more details: helen.helcat.wilson@googlemail.com


In August (19th -26th) Susie, together with Sarah Brooke will be presenting an Orff Level 1 course in Shenzen, China. Click here for info and here for the registration form

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

Listed here is just one of the many on offer - To see what else is coming up click here for our full calendar which is updated regularly.

Autumn Seminar

Start Date


17 May, 2013 to 18 May, 2013



Intl guest: David Lawrence (UK), Orff presenters include Susie Davies-Splitter & Audrey Fine



Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, 387 Bell Street, Preston, Vic

Would you like us at your school?

We will be in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth during May and June to present workshops and we would love the opportunity to spend a day with your students at your school as 'Artists in Residence'

Special themes can include:

♪ Singing with individual classes or create a choral festival

♪ Songwriting and composition

♪ Jazz, popular music and improvisation

♪ Orff instruments

♪ Drum circles

♪ Early Childhood concerts

♪ Master classes with your ensembles

♪ Create a musical

♪ Build a music concert

♪ Down under in Australia

♪ Life’s a Celebration

♪ Music around the world

The dates we have available are:

Adelaide: May 23rd and/or 24th

Brisbane: May 29th and/or 30th

Perth: June 21st or 24th to the 27th June

Please contact us if you would like to know more.

What's been happening?

We started out the year by presenting a one day workshop at Haileybury college in Keysborough together with Maureen Pollard who runs 'Little Learners love Literacy' and it went over so well we are looking to do more co-presenting with her.

In fact a week or so later Maureen and Phil ventured out east to Traralgon to present a full day workshop for Latrobe City Council. Phil ended the day with his highly popular stress presentation - 'I'm not stressed - I always look like this!', which not only ended the day on a high but hopefully gave teachers some much needed advice on now to reduce daily stress!

Not to be outdone, Susie travelled to the Land of the Long White Cloud (That's New Zealand for you northern hemispherers) to present at their first ever Orff conference in Wellington, and around all that she was a content author oforan arts curriculum project with 'The Song Room'

We also enjoyed presenting a concert for the junior school at Tintern Girls' Grammar in Ringwood, where we were met by lots of smiling young faces - always a good way to start the year!

In March we were fortunate enough to be invited to present a 5-day 'Introduction to Orff' course to Primary teachers at the Singapore Teachers Academy of the Arts (STAR), which was intensive but also very rewarding. We met lots of lovely people and over the 5 days saw many of them blossom and by the end of the course we were all playing, moving and singing together. To see some pics click here.

From there we enjoyed a short break in Thailand - well we were writing songs for our new album, but doing that sitting by a pool with a cool drink is hardly what we'd call hard work!

Finally we stopped off in Kuala Lumpur for a one day workshop for teachers at the Australian International School where again we had a rich and rewarding day with about 35 lovely people. Click here to see some pics from the day

Then to complete our Asian tour we ventured out to the burbs (not much fun in peak hour traffic in KL!) to do a 2 hour workshop for a local school where we not only shared some of our activities but the children performed some well know songs and dances for us as well. A very nice way to finish off our trip. As a bonus they had 'Welcome to Music' T-Shirts made for all the girls - and us! (see pic on left!)

Click here to see some pics of us in KL working with the Malaysian students

Skills children learn from the Arts

This is a fascinating article wrtitten by Lisa Phillips who is an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner.

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.)

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 find out what the other 8 important skills are click here...

Hearts in Harmony Community Music news

Hearts in Harmony Community Music (HHCM) day Sunday 6.10.13 at Methodist Ladies College, Kew, Melbourne

With special guest RICHARD GILL OAM

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 conducted by special guest RICHARD GILL OAM.

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 are chosen by an expert panel in different styles and languages. The minimum requirement is to learn the melody line of each song and some simple movements and attend the rehearsal at 9.45am on the day of the concert. More advanced choristers are encouraged to purchase the sheet music and learn the harmony parts. Each school and community choir leader/conductor is invited to attend one further rehearsal on Sunday 22nd 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.

Click here for a flier and more information.

"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

MusiConnect - Music outreach program pilot in McKinnon, Melbourne

Would you, your school and your students like an opportunity to:

  • Be involved in a FREE pilot music outreach program over a four month period?
  • Connect and make friends with a group of elders in an aged care facility through music?
  • Have access to professional learning and a vast repertoire of songs and dances.
  • Perform in a concert with the elders
  • Develop a unit of enquiry based on aged care
  • Build capacity and social capital
  • Develop positive connections
  • Enhance health and well being Make a difference and foster a love of music

Who can join this pilot?

We are looking for a small group of primary school students either from one class or a mix of ages (perhaps as part of a choir or music ensemble) together with a at least one teacher and volunteer parents/friends.

Click here for more information about this exciting and innovative initiative

Click here for more information about Hearts in Harmony Community Music'

click here to go to our Facebook page - make sure you 'like' us!

What people are saying

“Hi Susie and Phil

The staff really enjoyed your PD and the children are still talking about their concert. I put your music on at rest time and they bop their little heads up “Jenny that’s Susie and Phil” It was great and both teachers and children got an enormous amount out of it. Very special!”

Jenny Collings, Margaret River Community Kindergarten, WA

“Today, Susie and Phil came to our school in Kuala Lumpur, we are very happy and glad to see them. On behalf of my choir girls, we would like to say Thank You again to both of them. Their presence to us is such a big present and an honour to my school. We really appreciate it.”

Ong Bee Bee, Sekolah Kebangsaan Seksyen 2013

"it was an awesome course! We had so much fun, yet we learned so much. i'm so inspired by your love of life and music, and hope to pass on that enthusiasm to the kids i teach. THANKS GUYS!!"

Desmond Seah, Singapore STAR music course – 2013

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.

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.

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

Phil's PHILosophy

Gosh - I have so much good stuff to share with you - but knowing how busy you all are I will contain myself and keep it brief.

First up is a short video that I know you will love - whether you are a pet lover or not. Click here and enjoy.

Next up is a 'lesson' in the importance of not only saving paper but utilising new technology - to the max! Click here and have a laugh!

And finally if you think you can 'bear' it....Click here and trust me, it's worth it!

Hope these few clips put a smile on your face as they did mine!

Finally a pop quiz...

'What did the clock do when it was hungry?'...................

....................'It went back four seconds!'

"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

And finally to end this edition of Musicnotes a quote from me:

"Children learn best when they don't even know they are learning!"

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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