Musician, song writer, poet…
Roger Lusby is an award winning songwriter, poet, performer, environmentalist, folk singer, early childhood creative music tutor, vintage car enthusiast and sound recording engineer.
Musician and teacher
As a musician, Roger writes and records children’s songs, trains teachers to teach music to children, teaches children to play the ukulele and plays his own music.
Roger is also a storyteller, telling stories to young and old that spark the imagination and bringing real events to life in word and recitation. With the release of his book “The Optimist” you can read his poems or be enthralled to hear him recite them.
Sing Out Kiwi programme
Roger conceived and developed the “Sing Out Kiwi” programme to enable children to write, record and perform their own songs in 1990.
Designed for 8 to 12 year old school children, the Sing Out Kiwi Programme extends students and introduces them to exciting creative experiences.
Songs of New Zealand
The programme encourages students to think about their world then write songs about New Zealand and its unique environment. They express how they feel about where they live, their life, the world and the wildlife in it.
Roger, with children from Canterbury, has completed their first album of New Zealand environmental songs. Some of the songs have been sung to heads of state on special occasions, including a Royal Performance in 1992.
The songs have achieved international acclaim, giving children a voice to the world, while at the same time being ambassadors for their country.
Sing Out Kiwi – Ukulele for children
Roger introduced ukulele into his early childhood teacher training programme in 1995, the ukulele has now become a very popular instrument in the classroom today.
Sing Out Kiwi – Teacher Training
Roger offers teacher training to any teachers who are interested in learning new ways to involve children with the versatile little ukulele. Children and teachers are taught how to play the instrument, a recording is made on site of the singing sessions, a CD is then created on site and left as a permanent resource for future use in the classroom. Roger also teaches song writing to junior class teachers.
“Roger provides a fun and interactive time for all of us and continues to put smiles on my face with his lovely sense of humour and heart and fantastic stories he tells as well as the songs he writes.”