Growing Grounded

18 months to 4 years

with parent/caregiver


Each child enjoys the class with one or both parents (can be a grandparent, aunt/uncle, nanny, or adult friend too!).

Multi-age groupings may include:

  • ages 18 mos to 3 years
  • ages 3 and 4 years

Spring 2020 term (cancelled!)  We are organizing for September though!

  • Tuesday class  10:00 – 10:45 am  (April 7 – June 9)  


  • Wednesday class 10:00 – 10:45 am  (April 8 – June 10)


  • location: 1509 Amphion Street
  • minimum 10 classes
  • 45-60 minutes each week
  • 8-9 children per class
  • $275    $220 for the first 8 families to register!  (it’s a celebration discount for our first semester)

We invite you

to join our musical community!


These classes are so much fun.

They are interactive and playful and designed to keep us all moving, dancing, singing, creating, listening and playing together.


  • to register call Lonny or Renn at South Island Studio (250)592-3501 or send an email to info(at)


  • to ask Susan questions call her directly at (250)888-2432 or send an email susan(at)


Click image below to download the registration form.

We nurture all areas of development through music and movement.  A huge variety of activities are offered in ways that reflect the growth occurring in the different age groupings.

Growing Grounded for 3 & 4 years

(coming soon…Fall 2020)

The Growing Grounded program for 3 and 4 year olds (with parent) is created for children developing capability in more cooperative kinds of activity and who are increasingly vocal in making choices for themselves.  Classes are planned to reflect these developmental changes.

We explore specially designed creative music writing experiences and increase our use of musical terminology (crescendo, decrescendo, piano, forte…)

We increase imaginative play and movement stories.

It’s fun!

You’ll laugh and enjoy this too!

Growing Grounded for 3-1/2 to 5 years

(coming soon…Fall 2020)

This info is being updated

These classes are typically child independent of parent unless we have a group of families that wish to have parent involvement


Growing Grounded programs incorporate a huge variety of quality child-size instruments for your child.  Experience playing real ukuleles and a tiny violin.  Your child controls their own experience with loving guidance from Susan in your nurturing presence.  This is intended to playfully build pathways in the brain and in body memory to set the stage for later instrumental learning.


World Percussion

Explore unique world percussion instruments Ever played a donkey-jaw?  How about a 5-foot rainstick or a giant ocean drum?  Giant gathering drums?

Listening Library

Class songs, rhymes and dancing music will be delivered digitally via Spotify using curated playlists.

Playlists include music & songs created especially for children as well as a variety of world music and current performers popular in our Canadian culture.


Music education for children is not a frill.


Good music instruction touches the child’s mind where it lives – in the body.


(Don Campbell, The Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child’s Mind, Health, and Creativity with Music)


Orff Orchestra

Develop a sense and feeling for ensemble performance from babyhood through fun and simple songs sung and played during our orchestra time with the Orff instruments.  Ever heard of a contra-bass instrument….they are GIANT!!  You’ll play them at Musicalia and feel the vibrations.  It’s a unique physical/musical experience.

Movement Tools

Props and other cool things keep us active and focused (stretchy bands, hoops, scarves, balls, microphones, hand puppets, ukuleles, unusual percussion instruments).

Researched benefits include

Speech and language development

  • singing
  • chanting
  • creative movement
  • whole body movement patterns
  • games
  • puppetry

Musical ear and musical eye-training 

  • melodic patterning
  • rhythmic patterning
  • vocal play
  • instrument play
  • mime
  • listening activity
  • book and storytime
  • creative baby music notation
  • develop & increase attention, memory and auditory perception


Nurturing a natural confidence

  • imaginative play
  • conversation
  • sharing of ideas
  • exploration of instruments from around the world
  • ensemble playing

The mind has

an inherent neural language

– a language that can be accessed through music

and can promote a child’s brain development.

(Diamond & Hopson, The Magic Trees of the Mind)

Coordination, language and joyful socialization 

  • dancing
  • free dance
  • creative dance
  • folk dance
  • circle and line dance
  • instrument play
  • bouncing games
  • fingerplays and partner play using childhood rhymes & puppetry
  • increase fine and gross motor skills
  • nurture self-esteem
  • modelling cooperation
  • nurture spatial relationships
  • develop agility
  • strengthen balance


Development of beat competency & rhythmic play

  • with an enormous variety of small percussion instruments
  • movement props
  • ukulele
  • Orff orchestra
  • large drums

These kinds of activities directly affect a child’s ability to learn in school and also affect their small motor control…for instance…using scissors and pencils.

Current research suggests

that learning and developmental activity

done through rhythm & movement

is most enjoyable for very young children

and is precisely the way the brain wires itself most effectively.

What parents say

“This is my children’s favorite thing to do all week.  Susan has the capacity to draw out a love of music in every child!  She is like a real-life Pied-Piper for children.  Susan always greets the children with a smile.  She is always patient and encouraging. She manages to keep the kids engaged without having them run wild and lose focus.  This class is worth every penny!  There is no other program for young children that offers as much.  Susan works her magic with the kids and that is what brings us back.”


“Susan is an unbelievable teacher – she IS the Musicalia program.  Curriculum is important, but without the right teacher it isn’t enough.  Susan is very intuitive – she knows exactly what my children need and provides it for them so that their participation, engagement and success during each class are guaranteed.”


“When my son was about 2-1/2, he started losing interest in music classes (he had been taking them since he was 6 months old).  That is when I discovered Musicalia.  Susan was highly recommended by several people, some whose kids are now in university (is that possible??!) so I decided to give it a try.  My son’s class consisted of 8? 9? Two-and-a half year old BOYS and one girl.  It had chaos written all over it.  Much to my surprise, my son and all of the other kids were 100% engaged from the minute the class started until the time it finished.  Transitions were seamless and the lessons were just so much fun.  My son is now 4 and still loves it and enjoys the classes with many of the same children he started with.  Thanks, Susan!”

“Susan’s energy is amazing.  She enjoys her work and her passion for music, kids and creating all shines through!!”


“This is a WAY of being with music, not a way of doing music.  Not only is Susan a master educator, but also she is a gentle soul who knows how to connect meaningfully with her students to create a caring, rich, dynamic learning environment.


“Susan is extraordinary at sensing and molding the tone of the class.  I appreciate that she uses the interests of the children to shape the flow of the class.  I’ve been in other programs where when the drum time is over, or if children are wandering or focused elsewhere there isn’t a cohesion to the class.  Susan masterfully uses that type of momentum to draw the children in and aim the musical experience toward where the children are at, not where the program has set.  She’s so gentle and intentional with the children; it’s a beautiful thing to see how the children flock around her to see what she will do next!”


“To me, Musicalia is more than just “music lessons”.  It’s a place where my children are discovering the voice of their souls which is invaluable.  It’s done with such excellence.  I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”


“We love your class – it is such a wonderfully rich musical experience for our little ones.  Our son doesn’t willingly leave his Lego table for many things but he does for your class.”

“Susan is capable, talented and dedicated.  She treats every child with respect and love.  She nurtures the individual child, encouraging their strengths and developing their weaknesses.  Classes are exciting, engaging, fun, interactive, structured but with freedom of movement and expression.  My children have benefitted in so many ways.  They have gained independence, friendships, been exposed to music of all genres, experienced instruments in a controlled environment and developed confidence. She has fostered their love for music.”


“It’s the whole experience which when I sit back and take in, is so moving.  Kids moving, creating, learning, playing together.  Susan is so aware of child development/brain development and how you incorporate great, focused, energized classes with fantastic management skills.”


“Musicalia goes beyond music and movement and encompasses socialization, learning and fun and play as learning.  Susan’s enthusiasm and passion separate her from all other programs.  This isn’t her business, it is her calling.  Classes are a fun experience that keeps changing and never gets routine.  We’ve tried other programs and honestly there’s no comparison.  Others were routine and boring.  Musicalia TRULY combines music & MOVEMENT.  Above all, she engages children on their terms and doesn’t force them to be mindless singing and clapping drones.”


“Susan is kind, caring and a wonderfully inspiring teacher. Her gentle demeanour and quick praise has brought out our son’s artistic side like no other teacher or program has before.”

“Susan has an incredible bond with the children.  She lets them be silly and have fun, within the parameters of rules, boundaries and respect.  They learn so much with Susan, because she is brilliant and truly cares about each child (and they know it!).”


“Every lesson is unique and remarkable because Susan is always in the moment, and she has the ability to follow and/or guide our child to the next great moment. We love Susan.”


“The pre-K programs are fabulous!  All three of my children have absorbed the wonders of musical beginnings here through play.  It’s truly something to discover that music is more than just an instrument, but movement, feeling and sounds all around.  To observe that wonder in the toddler stage is awesome; they begin understanding the language of music as a whole body experience not just limited to something external from themselves.  I think to know that so young frees music to be a natural part of you.”


“Susan knows how to ride the ebb and flow of authentic and natural learning with astonishing ease and grace. She knows how to inspire each child – the perfect amount of tenderness and toughness to help them connect with and to awaken them to their inner music.”


“Susan rocks!  Classes are filled with lots of movement and involvement of imagination and creativity.”

About Susan

Susan Seale (B.Ed) is a child development professional with specialized training in music & movement education for children.


Susan is a multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, recorder, violin, ukulele, percussion) and has studied with master teachers, musicians and healers around the world.  She holds many certifications in music, dance, pedagogy, cognitive-somatic energy practices and has received several spiritual and psychic initiations in the areas of intuitive healing.

Susan worked as a classroom teacher for 10 years before leaving the public school to open her private music and movement school, Musicalia, where she taught babies, children and teachers for 20 years.


Susan also worked as a consultant offering professional development workshops and certification programs in music, movement and creativity for preschool and elementary school teachers, was a regular guest speaker educating parents at parent-owned preschools, a facilitator at numerous parent and educator conferences, speaker at the National Symposium for Arts in Education, published book reviews in a variety of teaching journals and peer reviewed articles in the Canadian Music Educators’ Journal.


She maintained a music, movement & creativity blog for 7 years called Make Me Musical and is the author of Musicalia for Teachers and Growing Grounded: Movement and Songs to Organize the Brain.

Her professional music and movement studies have taken place at universities around the world

  • University of Victoria
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Memphis (Tennessee)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • San Francisco School
  • Orff Institute, University Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria)


She holds many certifications in pedagogy, music, movement, therapies and healing modalities:

  • Orff-Schulwerk masters level
  • Canadian Orff specialist certification from Carl Orff Canada
  • professional trainings and certifications from the Creative Dance Institute
  • Rainbow Kids YogaTM
  • Developmental Movement Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Special Needs Music Education
  • Kodaly
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Body Talk
  • Quantum Touch
  • AromaFreedom Technique (AFT)
  • Reiki
  • Intuitive Energy Massage (master teacher)
  • MindBodySoul HealingTM
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Life Coaching
  • Achieve in 5 Coaching
  • Feng Shui (Intention School)
  • space clearing,
  • intuition development trainings
  • aromatherapy

Contact Susan directly