Monday, July 31, 2017


New Session begins Thursday, August 10th, at 9:45 a.m.

Come and experience Culver City’s longest running and most popular music class: "Sing Dance & Play." This unique class combines high quality musical instruments and imaginative play. We’ll dance with scarves, beat the drums, and play a variety of percussion instruments. Taught by Teacher Susy, a professionally trained actress, voice over artist and singer with a rich background of musical theatre and child development. A mother of two, she understands how to engage young children and create a safe, exciting and fun environment. Susy plays guitar, sings and incorporates classical, folk, pop, and a variety of music to inspire creativity, rhythmic play, movement and fun. Your child will enjoy singing the songs throughout the week and the joy of music will enhance your daily routine and the quality of your life. Music makes everything better and enhances your child’s overall development in a way that nothing else can. Come and join the fun in a class designed especially for your young child!




My whole family LOVES Sing, Dance, Play with Teacher Susy!
The class is run through Culver City parks and rec and the is most affordable class I have found
....and the most fun!


Amanda – mother of three

Register online or at the Parks & Rec office
310-253-6650
www.culvercity.org
link to the Culver City Living Brochure(see pg 15):

                    http://www.culvercity.org/home/showdocument?id=1781

Or contact Susy directly
susypb@sbcglobal.net



Thursday, July 6, 2017

My favorite Music Books 
Compiled by Teacher Susy


Carnival Of Animals by Saint Saens by Henry Holt and Company illustrations by Sue Williams and commentary by Barrie Carson Turner. It is fun, whimsical, imaginative and evocative. You will grow to love it too, I promise!

Can You Hear It? Created by The Metropolitan Museum Of Art , this gorgeous book couples famous works of art with musical selections. It has information about instruments in the beginning and descriptions of the artwork in the back of the book. Each selection has information about which instrument is being played and it asks: “Can you hear…”various sounds and characters in the music. It comes with a high quality CD recording of superb orchestras.

From Sea To Shining Sea A Treasury Of American Folklore and Folk Songs complied by Amy L. Cohn
Gonna Sing My Head Off collected and arranged by Kathleen Krull,
Illustrated by Allen Garns

The Musical Life Of Gustav Mole, and the sequel The Lost Music published by Child’s Play, illustrated by Kathryn Meyrick Both have recorded versions that are the highest quality. Narrated by Patrick Macnee, a wonderful British actor. These stories will capture your child’s imagination, as they listen to wonderful classic and world music. The sequel features music from around the world. These books are storytelling at it’s finest. You can’t go wrong with Gustav!

Lives Of The Musicians Written by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. This whimsical book is an excellent introduction to 20 iconic composers, from Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie. The illustrations are hilarious and the biographies tell the story of the composer’s lives in an entertaining way.

A Coloring Book Of Great Composers, Chopin to Tchaikovsky
Bellerophon Books makes fantastic coloring books. They are like textbooks you can color. The illustrations are fanciful and fun.
http://www.bellerophonbooks.com/musical/


Getting To Know The World’s Greatest Composers
Written and illustrated by Mike Venezia (He also has a series for artists) Featuring musicians from the Beatles to Mozart. The illustrations are hilarious; photographs are used throughout the books. They are softcover books, easy to carry, and only about 30 pages long. Your kids will really enjoy these fun stories; they make these “serious” musicians feel more accessible and real.

Famous Children published by Barron's These skinny softcover books tell about the early years af great artisits and composers from Bach to Toulouse-Lautrec

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin By Lloyd Moss Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman This Caldecott winner is one of my very favorite children’s books! The pictures are magical and imaginative and the verse is poetic and comical. It has an element of mischief as a dog, two cats and a mouse run through the scenes while the musicians play. The musicians are silly as they play, swooning, sweating and kicking up their heels. Your whole family will love this fantastic book!

Do Re Mi By Susan L. Roth This book tells the story of Guido d’Arezzo, the “Father Of Music”. He was the first person to develop musical notation. I learned a lot from this book. It is a great conversation starter, as it makes you think about what it was like before we had a way to write down and share songs.

Meet The Orchestra by Ann Hayes. All the instruments are played by animals and the lion is the conductor (of course). This book provides short descriptions of each instrument. I love this book and use it often. Kids love it too!

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, by Al Perkins Illustrated by Eric Gurney
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop By Chris Raschka

Peggy’s Violin by Barbara York and Peggy Hills
Here is a link to a video performance of the story; it comes on a CD also. https://youtu.be/xQ_wOVpXFdc

Peter And The Wolf, Bellerophon Books makes a fun coloring book version with excellent text that tells the story of the story and information about the instruments.
Tubby The Tuba
The Wee Sing books, CD’s and DVD’s by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp. These are an excellent resource with hundreds of great songs from camp favorites to classical music.



There are so many wonderful books and CD's made to capture your young child's imagination and engage them in musical wonder.
The link below is a uTube video of one such CD. It is called "Peggy's Violin", written by Barabara York and Peggy Hills.


https://youtu.be/xQ_wOVpXFdc

Friday, June 16, 2017

My children are 15 and 12 now . Luke plays piano and Grace plays piano, guitar and ukulele. Playing music makes life better in every way!

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Our Summer Session begins Thursday June 22nd!

We are offering a special 4 week session, followed by a 6 week session beginning in August.

The 4 week session begins Thursday, June 22nd -Thursday, July 13th.
The 6 week session begins on Thursday August 10th -September 14th.

Our normal Sing, Dance & Play class happens at 9:45 a.m.
and we are introducing a NEW class for older kids, ages 3 to 6 years old at 10:45 a.m.

Exposing your young children to music is a vital and important part of their development. Musical instruction during these early years is crucial because this is the time when their brains are receptive, and forming neural pathways.Young children need to learn to sing in tune, and to understand, process, and internalize music. Learning to appreciate, understand and recognize the parts of music, such as the Do Re Mi, (the musical scale), and learning about classical music serves to invigorate and light up your young child's brain as nothing else can. If a child is exposed to music education at a young age, it can have a profound and positive affect on their musical abilities for the rest of their lives. I have been witnessing the magic and power of music with young children since I began teaching in 1997. I have seen it in my own children and am so grateful for the joy that music gives them. Music is a gift. Giving your child this gift will be a source of joy for them for the rest of their lives.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Do you wish there was a way to create a class that fit in with your busy schedule, that could happen in your own home? Would you love to form a class with all your favorite moms and kids? Teacher Susy can make that happen for you and your friends! Here's how:

Feel free to contact me about a private music class  for your play group!  Rates vary according to location and size of the group.  I work closely with my private clients to tailor the class to suit their group's specific needs.

e-mail Teacher Susy @ susypb@sbcglobal.net