Stu­dents rally be­hind na­tional mu­sic cam­paign

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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