Susan played at the NICU Celebration again this year!

NICU 2015

I brought my guitar and became a wandering minstrel for babies!  It’s one of my favorite things to do in our community each summer and I am grateful to be invited:)

The sun was shining, it was HOT and families seemed so happy to see their doctors and nurses from those first early preemie days.

Rainbow Kids Yoga!

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Susan (that’s me!) completed her certification to teach Rainbow Kids Yoga in May 2015!

I’m not sure yet how to offer this service.

I’ve been asked to do in-home private yoga sessions for families/children. 

I’ve been asked to mom/daughter classes. 

I’ve been asked to do preschool age classes. 

I’m taking time to figure this out.   If you have an interest in yoga for your child…please let me know!  It’s super fun and tremendous for your child’s overall development:)

Check out the pics from the training!




Susan played at the NICU Reunion Party again this year!

Every summer the Victoria Hospitals Foundation organizes a reunion party for the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.  It’s an opportunity for families to reconnect with the doctors and nurses who worked intensively to care for babies born prematurely.  I was invited to provide entertainment and joy for the children!

You can see me here on the front page of the Times-Colonist with a sweet little boy named Logan.  Read the article HERE.

Susan and Logan TC 2014

Here’s a slideshow from the day!

30th Annual NICU Reunion Party from Island Health on Vimeo.

My Book is Available!

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Last summer I wrote a book called Growing Grounded:  Movement and Songs to Organize the Brain.


Growing Grounded is a practical resource I designed to help

  • music therapists
  • early childhood teachers
  • music + movement teachers
  • private instrumental & studio teachers
  • kindergarten teachers
  • primary school teachers
  • inner city school teachers
  • teachers of children with special developmental needs

work more effectively with their clients and young students.

If you work with children ages 2-7 years then this really is a must-have resource.  


GG collage1 bookcover Growing Grounded is a multi-media package (ebook, audio + video) available for immediate download.

GG collage1 bookcover  This will be a doable, practical resource for you if you want to offer children…

  • effective
  • fun
  • creative
  • movement-based activity
  • that is based on brain-friendly research.

GG collage1 bookcover  Find a DETAILED list of who can benefit HERE.

GG collage1 bookcover  Learn more on my resource site Make Me Musical.

GG collage1 bookcover  Check out my Learn & Play Shop  HERE.


‘Tis the Season for Love & Gratitude! Share with your children…


Written and produced by Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod.

Video from KarmaTube

The Best Testimonials…


This was my greeting one day from one of my young guitar students.  I’m not sure it gets better than this!

The Mind of the Prodigy


We are fascinated by music, math and language prodigies.  There is no “formula” to produce or create one.  They just seem to emerge.

The following article debunks some myths…prodigies are not all brilliant…except in their area of their gift.  They do seem to have superior memories in the area of their gift.

Research is now showing that we don’t have to be prodigies to be genius late-bloomers.

Check out this article for more info.




2013 Making Tomorrow Conference

The Making Tomorrow Conference held each year at UVIC has opened for registration!

It’s a conference organized for parents and early childhood educators.

This year I will be presenting a workshop in the afternoon titled, “Organizing the brain thru music, movement & creativity”.  

I’ve created a hands-on, feet-on, learn-by-doing workshop to discover musical and movement based ways to help children grow healthy.

Join us!  We will laugh and learn and have a great day!

Click here to find out more about the keynote speakers, workshops and fees!





The Kosher Chicken Dance!

You’ve never heard the chicken dance played like this!

Check out Polkastra’s new wedding album!

Our favorite fiddler & trumpet player, Daniel Lapp, makes music with his friends from Polkastra and be sure to watch to the end for the bottle band!

The Music Instinct

A clip from a PBS presentation.

Every bone in our body, every part of our body has the capacity to vibrate in response to music.