Students rally behind national music campaign
CANNONVALE State School will be joining forces with more than half a million school students across Australia to sing a song in recognition of the annual Music: Count Us In initiative to be held on Thursday, October 31.
Music: Count Us In is Australia’s largest school music advocacy and participation program and registration is now open for schools to gain access to free support materials and classroom resources.
The event will take place at 12.30pm with students from kindergarten to year 12 gathering to sing the song titled Keep On at the same time.
The song was written by four high school students who were mentored by singer songwriter Katie Noonan and has now been produced by Music: Count Us In ambassador John Foreman and recorded by The Voice runner-up Darren Percival.
Cannonvale State School music teacher Jennifer Renton has supported the initiative since 2006 and is a firm believer in music education. “John Forman is a fantastic ambassador for music for children and when you hear them do it, you get goose bumps all over,” she said.
“This is the third year we have entered as a school and during last year’s event we had a school in Canberra projected on the screens for the children to see them per- forming it at the same time.”
Ms Renton encouraged all Whitsunday schools to register for the event.
Incoming Music: Count Us In director Maeve Marsden said she was passionate about the program because it ensured all young peo- ple had musical awareness and access to new opportunities.
The program also delivers music professional development (PD) to teachers via video conferencing.
Schools can register for the program by visiting www.musiccountusin.org.au/register.
SING TOGETHER: Cannovale State School music teacher Jennifer Renton was busy teaching year 1 students Keeva Barba, Isabella Grenci, Ava Harris, (back) Bree Giller, Keely Skinner and their classmates the new song titled Keep On in recognition of the Music: Count Us In event to be held on October 31.