Na­tion’s stu­dents to sing to­gether

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page -

Stu­dents around the coun­try have started learn­ing a song which they will sing along with 660,000 other chil­dren at the ex­act time, on the same day, later this year as part of Aus­tralia’s big­gest school mu­sic ad­vo­cacy pro­gram.

The Mu­sic: Count Us In pro­gram has been grow­ing steadily since 2007 and, each year, stu­dents take part in a cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic and all it of­fers.

Play School’s Jus­tine Clarke will men­tor the MCUI pro­gram and was joined ear­lier this year by five tal­ented young song­writ­ers who to­gether com­posed this year’s piece, One Song. “I’m thrilled to be part of this pro­gram that pro­motes mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion, cre­ativ­ity and com­mu­nity in one loud and joy­ful song that’s heard right across the coun­try,” Ms Clarke said.

Mar­garet River Pri­mary School mu­sic spe­cial­ist He­len Col­lis said her stu­dents would also be in­volved in the an­nual pro­gram.

“The whole school will as­sem­ble from 9am in the un­der­cover area to watch the live stream­ing and at 9.30am we all sing this year’s song, One Song, with Aus­lan sign­ing.

“Ev­ery­one from the com­mu­nity are in­vited to at­tend.”

Last year, more than 3000 schools across Aus­tralia took the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their mu­sic skills and si­mul­ta­ne­ously per­form with schools around the coun­try. The song will be sung on Novem­ber 1. Schools can regis­ter to take part through mu­s­ic­coun­tusin.org.au.

Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

Mar­garet River Pri­mary School stu­dents will join oth­ers across the re­gion and Aus­tralia for Count Us In.

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