Count Us In

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shannon Smith

Stu­dents sing in one voice

Aus­tralia’s big­gest in-school ini­tia­tive, Mu­sic: Count Us In is back this year as stu­dents across the coun­try re­joice through mu­sic.

On the same day, at the same time, hun­dreds of thou­sands of stu­dents will sing the same song.

Bethel Chris­tian School, Aus­tralian Chris­tian Col­lege, Albany Pri­mary School, Flin­ders Park Pri­mary and Albany Se­nior High School will join the pro­gram.

The song Shine To­gether has been writ­ten by five stu­dent song­writ­ers along­side John Fore­man and X Fac­tor Aus­tralia fi­nal­ist Tay­lor Hen­der­son.

Or­gan­iser Claire Kenny said Cel­e­bra­tion Day events had been known to take over class­rooms, school halls, shops, arts cen­tres, parks, beaches, pub­lic spa­ces, con­cert halls and even Par­lia­ment House.

“Stu­dents in ev­ery State and Ter­ri­tory will join in the syn­chro­nised singing of Shine To­gether via live stream,” she said.

“The pro­gram is a per­fect fit for schools with an ex­ist­ing mu­sic pro­gram and for schools without one.”

She said in 2005 the Fed­er­ally funded Na­tional Re­view of School Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tion found most stu­dents missed out on mean­ing­ful mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

“It rec­om­mended that the sta­tus of mu­sic needed to be lifted so that more peo­ple could learn about and ap­pre­ci­ate the many ben­e­fits of learn­ing mu­sic,” Ms Kenny said.

The aim of the pro­gram is to help stu­dents and teach­ers cel­e­brate mu­sic while con­nect­ing with oth­ers around the na­tion.

The main event will be broad­cast live from Deakin Edge at Fed­er­a­tion Square in Mel­bourne. Ms Kenny said the pro­gram was also a great way for schools to en­gage with their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Seek lo­cal me­dia cov­er­age, ad­vo­cate di­rectly to their Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to show­case tal­ented and ded­i­cated stu­dents and teach­ers,” she said.

“More stu­dents might put their hands up to join ex­ist­ing choirs and mu­sic en­sem­bles. Prin­ci­pals might de­cide to al­lo­cate more time and re­sources to mu­sic, teach­ers might of­fer more reg­u­lar mu­sic classes per week or the P&C might form a mu­sic sub-com­mit­tee.”

Last year more than half a mil­lion stu­dents from more than 2300 schools took part and it is ex­pected 600,000 stu­dents will take part this year.

Cel­e­bra­tion Day will be held on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2, and all schools are in­vited to take part.

Schools can reg­is­ter for free at mu­si­caus­tralia.org.au/ pro­gram/coun­tusin/.

This year’s song Shine To­gether was writ­ten by five stu­dents along­side John Fore­man and Tay­lor Hen­der­son.

Stu­dents na­tion­wide will sing the same song.

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