Initiative unites nation through music
TUART Forest Primary School’s 500-strong student body will join half a million others in singing the same song on the same day at the same time on November 2.
Music: Count Us In is Australia’s biggest schools initiative which brings together every corner of the country through song.
The event aims to advocate for and celebrate music in Australian schools, with this year’s chosen song Shine Together written by Sadie Mustoe, Makayla Forbes and Elliena Escott.
The school’s ensemble will include 25 band members, 10 instrumental students and a 25member choir. School music specialist Keryn Hastie said it was essential to promote the learning area of music.
“Most schools do not have a music specialist, only a keen class teacher,” she said.
“Some schools do not even cover music as a subject, they only get to do singing – not reading music, writing music, creating music and playing instruments.
“Music: Count Us In makes it accessible to anyone, no matter what experience – or lack of – they may have.”
The school started the count down from 180 days out and began learning the lyrics, while the band has spent months practising.
Ms Hastie was proud of the band’s hard work in getting a range of abilities to create an amazing sound together. “The students are eagerly anticipating the big celebration day, the little ones can hardly contain themselves.”
Mikayla Blower, Maheen Ahsan, both 8, Ruby Scattini, Jessica Hunter, both 9, and Muskan Muskan, 8, from the Tuart Forest Primary School choir warm up their voices for Music: Count Us In.