Count Us In
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.