Lo­cals counted in na­tional song

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Yar­ra­wonga P-6 stu­dents were among 700,000 stu­dents through­out Aus­tralia who sang ‘One Song’ in a na­tional mu­sic pro­gram called ‘Mu­sic Count Us In’ on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1.

Nearly 500 lo­cal stu­dents joined in the Mu­sic Count Us In cel­e­bra­tion which ex­ists to ad­vo­cate for, and cel­e­brate, mu­sic in Aus­tralian schools.

Our stu­dents joined in singing with the live broad­cast from Bel­lerive Board­walk in Ho­bart, with the big video screen in our school’s ECA Cen­tre, and with lo­cal school mu­sic teacher Emma Grant in charge.

“How good is this?” the broad­cast from Ho­bart asked, “we are go­ing from Ho­bart to Alice Springs to Cairns. You are part of 700,000 stu­dents com­bin­ing through mu­sic, through One Song, in Aus­tralia.”

The Mu­sic Count Us In man­age­ment ac­knowl­edged all the schools with a spe­cial thank you to prin­ci­pals for al­low­ing the na­tion-wide per­for­mance.

The four-minute ‘One Song’ per­for­mance by Yar­ra­wonga P-6 stu­dents de­lighted Ms Grant who had been pre­par­ing the stu­dents over four weeks in the lead-up to Novem­ber 1.

“It’s about cel­e­brat­ing mu­sic,” the first-year, full-time mu­sic teacher at Yar­ra­wonga P-12 told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle. “I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled the way the kids sang ‘Our Song’.”

Ms Grant, who re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion ma­jor­ing in Mu­sic Vic­to­ria Univer­sity Footscray last year, re­ceived loud ap­plause af­ter Prep- Year 8 Cam­pus Prin­ci­pal Kel­lie Thorp spoke. Ms Thorp praised the mu­sic teacher’s ef­forts in achiev­ing a won­der­ful stu­dent per­for­mance and blend­ing-in with the live broad­cast.

School mar­ket­ing/pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer Karen Mullavey said: “Emma has been a fab­u­lous ad­di­tion to our school. She’s had groups per- form at Hamer Hall in Mel­bourne. Kids are lov­ing it.”

One Song is a song for stu­dents writ­ten by stu­dents. Among at­ten­dees in Ho­bart were award-win­ning mu­sic pro­ducer John Fore­man OAM and pro­gram mu­sic men­tor Jus­tine Clarke.

Mu­sic Count Us In! Mu­sic teacher Emma Grant left front stage to be with stu­dents dur­ing their singing.

Mu­sic teacher for Prep to Year 6, Emma Grant, in charge of the big na­tional sin­ga­long of One Song.

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