About Me

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

•Albert Einstein

I am Surangika (Sue) Senanayake, currently a teacher with New Zealand Modern School of Music. In my career of teaching music, which spans over 25 years, I have the experience of teaching pupils of many cultures. My expertise in teaching piano/keyboard lies mainly with children, although, it extends to adults as well.

My love for teaching music and getting assistance at home, was my inspiration for writing Help Me Learn Music, written under the pen name, Melody J. Smith.

It is my aim, to make sure that the pupil enjoys learning music, in order to have a fulfilling music education.

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind-Scientific American

“Studies have shown that assiduous instrument training from an early age can help the brain to process sounds better, making it easier to stay focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus. The musically adept are better able to concentrate on a biology lesson despite the racket in the classroom or, a few years later, to finish a call with a client when a colleague in the next cubicle starts screaming at an underling. They can attend to several things at once in the mental scratch pad called working memory, an essential skill in this era of multitasking.”

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”