Music: Count Us In’s 2017 Song Is On The Way!

Credit - James Henry
Clare Kenny · April 10, 2017

At the core of our school music program Music: Count Us In is the Program Song. This is the most essential component of a program that culminates in more than half a million kids singing the same song, on the same day, at the same time.  Here is all the news from our 2017 Songwriting Workshop to compose this year’s Program Song, written by students and written for students.

This year, five students from across the country were selected to take part in our 2017 Songwriting Workshop. Makayla, Sadie, Marcus, Tiffany and Elliena were joined by Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM and Program Mentor Taylor Henderson and asked to work collaboratively to create the song that stops the nation. It was a great day of songwriting in Melbourne!

Our students got the full creative experience, just starting with the venue. The artistic team spent the day working in a fabulous studio space in Port Melbourne. Having flown in the night before, our five student songwriters arrived eager and ready to get started on their mission – to write a fantastic song for students all around Australia. The day began with introductions and with each student performing their winning entry from this year’s MCUI National Songwriting Competition. After sharing their songs with each other, our young songwriters got down to the difficult but exciting task of developing a theme for the 2017 song. From there, the songwriting process flourished. By lunch time – we had a bridge and a chorus.

The entire day continued with enthusiasm and creativity from all involved. The song created reflects the dedication of our five very talented young people. We can’t wait for you to get to know them more as the year goes on. For our student songwriters, it was a true privilege to benefit from the experience and expertise of John and Taylor.

In just a few weeks, MCUI will head to the recording studio!

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