Count them in! Students join Australia’s big music gig


Angle Vale Primary School students joined more than half a million school children across Australia from 2150 schools to sing the same song at the same time for what has been touted as Australia’s biggest music gig “Music: Count Us In”.

Held on Thursday, October 31, the Count Us In event is Australia’s largest school music advocacy and participation program, growing steadily in reach and impact since it began in 2007.

Fostering a love of music through learning, playing and listening in the hearts and minds of young Australians was the main aim of the event with the 400 plus children at AVPS joining hundreds of thousands of other school children to sing this year’s ‘song that stops the nation’ titled “Keep On.”

AVPS music teacher, Lisa Williamson, said this was the third year the school had been involved in the event, but the first time all students of the school had gathered together to sing.

“We were involved in the event because music matters,” Lisa said. “Music is good; it develops confidence, teamwork, persistence and a sense of fun.”

Lisa said it was wonderful to listen to the children singing and playing musical instruments all together and to think thousands of other students across the country were doing the same thing at that exact same time.

“Every class was involved in the event, including our brand new Receptions,” she said. “It was fantastic. It really lifted music’s profile throughout the school.”

During the song Reception students performed actions and body percussion movements, lower primary students played instruments including shakers, drums, chopsticks and claves, while some primary students performed cup percussions and others danced.

Four talented students who were mentored by singer songwriter Katie Noonan penned the song “Keep On,” which has been produced by award-winning producer and Count Us In ambassador John Foreman and recorded by The Voice runner-up, Darren Percival.

“We have achieved record numbers of schools participating this year, which is really exciting for me, in my seventh year as program ambassador,” Mr Foreman said.

Managed by the Music Council of Australia (MCA), Music: Count Us In is supported by funding from the Federal government and meets a priority recommendation by the National Review of School Music Education (2005) to raise the status of music in Australian schools.


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