Sue Schnitzer
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Sue Schnitzer

Carbondale, Colorado, United States | SELF

Carbondale, Colorado, United States | SELF
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"All Kids are Stars helps character shine through"

By Kathryn Richert
Thursday, February 28, 2008

[photo] KISSES COUNT: Delina Vongsady, 5, center, and Raemia Morin, 5, right, blow kisses during an All Kids are Stars lesson.

[photo] ENGAGED IN LEARNING: Delina Vongsady, 5, right, and Morgan Reeves, 5, raise their hands to answer a question during a All Kids are Stars program at Mountain View Elementary.

LIFE LESSONS: Robyn Winters-Hill sings to Mountain View Elementary kindergartners during a recent All Kids are Stars program.

It's definitely not the lessons taught by "The Wheels on the Bus." Instead, a new business teaches catchy tunes to kids, who sing along while learning principles every good person should know -- how to deal with stress, how to treat parents and how to believe in themselves.

Broomfield resident Robyn Winters-Hills, who used to teach meditation for corporations, and Boulder resident and former FBI agent Sue Schnitzer paired upto combine singing, life lessons and meditative principals for kids.

The pair have made visits to area classrooms, and last week they rolled out their All Kids are Stars program for kids ages 3 to 5 at Paul Derda Recreation Center. The lesson plan for the six-week course includes bullying, self-esteem, anger management, peer pressure and compassion. They've also created classroom and library programs for kids up to fifth grade.

While the program, the first of it's kind in the area, has good intentions, Winters-Hills and Schnitzer hear the skep-tics who say, "You're going to teach kids how to meditate?" Or, "You're going to hold their attention while you talk to them about self-discipline?"

Winters-Hills, a yoga and meditation teacher, said she saw a world of difference in herdaughter, 4-year-old Ileana, after she taught her how to take a few minutes and take a few deep breaths when a situation gets out of control.

"Children are never too young to teach them how to slow down and take a breath," she said.

She's even started teaching her 20-month-old son, Walden.

A visit to a Mountain View Elementary kindergarten classroom, where Winters-Hills and Schnitzer recently stopped, proves Winters-Hill's calm voice and Schnitzer's guitar melodies can keep a rambunctious group of youngsters wide eyed and quiet.

The kids paid attention and sang rhyming songs about love, doing what's right and good character traits.

Kindergarten teacher Jamie Kort was impressed by how well the pair held the attention of the 5-year-olds.

"They're on (the kids) level," she said. "The best part is the interaction. They're getting up and singing along."

Winters-Hills and Schnitzer said repetition is the key, especially for younger kids. Their once-a-week, 45-minute courses at the recreation center each week build on the same material.

Winters-Hills brainstormed the idea at her former job, at which she helped business executives get centered. The lessons she was teaching are basic principals anyone could learn and should learn early, she said.

Schnitzer was on a similar path through song. In 1993, she turned in her FBI badge to raise her daughters, now 15 and 13. She sang them lullabies from her childhood and made up her own.

What began as songs for her daughters expanded to music in libraries and classrooms. She's now an award-winning children's singer and founder and director of Wee Bee Music, an organization that offers classes, concerts and other programs for infants and children up to age 8.

Winters-Hills and Schnitzer inthe fall teamed to combine what each knew best about meditation and songs for the All Kids are Stars program.

With their combined backgrounds as moms and working with kids through yoga and song, they know what will work with kids.

"They're not going to sit and listen to a lecture on meditative principals, but if you make it simple and talk to them on their terms, they'll listen and interact," Schnitzer said.

They're hoping lessons taught in kindergarten will carry on for a lifetime.

"It's basic principals that they can apply for the rest of their lives," Winters-Hills said. - Broomfield Enterprise

"Best Friends: Rockin' Music for Kids"

Veteran performer Sue Schnitzer hits all of the right notes in the 18 tracks included on this fun-filled romp. "Rockin' Music for Kids" is a perfect description for fantastic instrumental filled songs about a variety of topics from mosquitoes to dragons to toast. While instruments such as the electric guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin keep rock 'n roll, reggae, bluegrass, and country beats, Schnitzer's vocals clearly tell the stories of "Best Friends", dogs in "Paws and Claws and Tails", and "My Dreams". Well-produced backup vocals featuring children are included in many of the songs. Joke tracks about math and dogs, as well as the hidden joke track, are performed by the youngsters. Among the other songs are "The Library Song", "You Can't Judge a Dragon", and the action tune "You Can Be". Schnitzer has created a fun collection that will keep youngsters smiling and coming back for another listen. - School Library Journal, 11/1/06


Best Friends, Rockin' Music for Kids (2006)
Wiggle and Whirl, Clap and Nap (2005)(Children's Music Web Award Winner; iParenting Media Award Winner)
Wiggle and Whirl (2000)(Children's Music Web Award Winner)
Boo, Cackle, Trick or Treat (iParenting Media Award Winner; Children's Music Web Award Winner)
Wheeeeeeeeee (producer)



In December of 1992, Sue was a Special Agent of the FBI in San Francisco. When her daughter Jamie was born, Sue took a few months off to enjoy motherhood and lots of hilly walks. She also took out her guitar and sang and played for Jamie. In fall 1993 Sue decided to turn in her badge and move to Boulder, Colorado with her family. She also decided she wanted to be a children’s musician. That was great news to Sue's Mom, a former librarian, because Sue had often sung at her Mom's library in Malden, Massachusetts.
Sue contacted Boulder area preschools and began doing shows. In September 1994, soon after the birth of her daughter Becky, Sue began teaching a music and movement class one evening a week at Parenting Place in Boulder. After a few months she added a day class and then more classes, and then concerts and soon she became known as “the music lady”, “Miss Sue”, “the music teacher”, and of course, “Jamie and Becky's Mom”. Now, she is well known throughout northern Colorado as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, performer, and teacher who specializes in music for children and their families. Sue also does school assemblies and songwriting workshops for schools and libraries.
Sue’s energetic performances get children and parents singing and dancing along. Her award winning CD’s have been described as like having a “Mommy and Me” music class in your home. Her elementary school-age programs get everyone involved singing and dancing along.


Sue’s programs are energetic, entertaining and very interactive. She encourages her audience to
sing along, jump, dance, twirl, stamp feet, clap hands, and have fun! She sings folk songs, children’s songs, songs about being a cookie, a jack-in-the box, popcorn, being loved and being special.
Instruments used may include guitar, harmonica, ukulele, kazoo, and assorted percussion
instruments including kitchen items.

VENUES can request a specific theme or type of program. Shows can be 30-45 minutes in


Programs can be designed to meet teachers’ needs – seasonal, thematic, movement, etc. Sue
has presented programs about potatoes, teeth, holidays, friendship, bicycle riding, and lots more.
She even includes some historical anecdotes about the origin of some popular folk songs.
Shows can be presented to groups of children:
Age 1-5
Grades K-2
All ages/family shows


- Song Writing (pre-K through 5th grade)
- Mom/Baby Music Programs

Call Toll free: 1-866-7WEEBEE