National sing-along unites music lovers

students say ‘count me in’
students say ‘count me in’

The music education initiative Music: Count Us In (MCUI) will once again take place on October 30, bringing together Australian school students as they sing the same song at the same time to highlight the importance of music in education.

Some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry have supported MCUI in previous years, including program ambassador John Foreman.

Armadale Primary School music specialist Bree Hartley said the school had been involved in the popular music event since 2009.

‘It is a fantastic music education advocacy tool,’ she said.

‘It highlights the need for music education for all students in all schools with the hope that public pressure will help to guide funding to these programs.

All students at Armadale Primary School are learning the program song, Paint You a Song.

The school band is also practising the musical arrangement and the years 4 to 7 students are learning a recorder arrangement.

Ms Hartley said students enjoyed taking part in the event, which brought the whole school together.

‘Music education does so many positive things for students, from helping them academically to giving them a chance to express themselves.’

MCUI also delivers professional development to classroom teachers.

Registrations are open for schools to access free support materials and classroom resources.

Schools can register at www.musiccountusin.org.au