Earthbeats first began as a Early Childhood Music Education Program, initially based within Marrickville Council Children’s Services, in Sydney’s Inner West, NSW Australia. Over 12 years the program has grown and flourished and Earthbeats now runs:
- Weekly music classes for children 1 – 6 yrs and parents/carers.
- Weekly Keyboard Kids classes for children 5 – 12yrs.
- Weekly programs and one off performance/workshops for Early Learning Centres.
- Cultural performance/workshops for children 5 – 12 yrs old, primary schools and school holiday programs.
- Training presentations for teachers/carers.
- Earthbeats live concert for children, families and communities.
Music & Early Childhood Development – Earthbeats is Music & So Much More!
Research shows that music as an essential part of early childhood education improves thinking, reasoning, creativity and accelerates learning. A quality music program can help to nurture children’s self esteem, self control and self expression.
Along with singing and movement, music enhances co-ordination and motor skills, improves imagination, memory, communication, social and language skills. A structured and flexible music program can extend children’s focus, concentration and their ability to learn.
With its roots based firmly in early childhood learning, Earthbeats aims to provide developmentally appropriate music programs for the whole child. Earthbeats Early Childhood Music seeks to inspire and educate children and their families with a happy experience they may take with them for the rest of their lives!
Each Earthbeats Early Childhood Music Session is based around Live Music!
Children sing with the guitar, explore the keyboard and are involved in movement, dance and hands on experience with many different instruments, including authentic drums and percussion from all around the world. Earthbeats engages and educates children with music concepts of: beat, rhythm, pitch, melody, tempo and dynamics through play, puppets and plenty of fun activities.
Earthbeats has a strong multicultural aspect and supports difference and diversity with a wonderful range of contemporary and traditional songs and music of the world from: South America, India, the West Indies and Middle East, Aboriginal, African songs and many more. Children can explore their love of music in a fun, informal, caring and positive environment.
Susie Hobday, Director
Earthbeats – Children’s Music is the creative enterprise of professional singer, performer and musician, Susie Hobday. Susie studied performing arts with the Q-Theatre, The Actor’s Centre and The National Institute of Dramatic Art N.I.D.A. (Diploma of Performing Arts). She also trained in contemporary, jazz music and vocal at The Australian Institute of Music Sydney (Bachelor of Music/Performance).
With 20 years in Children’s Services, 0 – 5 and 5 – 12 year olds, Susie has a wonderful rapport and a wealth of experience working with children! She also trained in Children’s Music and taught with Sydney’s Einsteinz – Music, before creating her own company, Earthbeats Children’s Music.
Susie has worked extensively singing and performing in the genres of jazz, blues and contemporary and in music theatre, cabaret and children’s theatre. She has worked in numerous capacities as a singing and music teacher, from children to adults over a period of 25 years. In creating the Earthbeats program, she hopes to inspire and educate children with the joy of music and a wonderful sense of fun for it! Susie talks about children’s music; ‘It’s a privilege and joy to combine two of the things I most love, music and working with children.’