Ini­tia­tive unites na­tion through mu­sic

South Western Times - - News -

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.”

Photo avail­able at west­ Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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.

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