The most essential component of Music: Count Us In is the Program Song. After a great Songwriting Workshop in May, it was time for the team to head to the recording studio. Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM, spent the day working with engineers from Studios 301 to create this year’s track at A Sharp Studio in Sydney.
The 2017 Program Song track features student musicians from all over Sydney. Throughout the recording day, these talented students from The Arts Unit (a project of the NSW State Government) and Newtown High School of the Performing Arts were mentored by professional musicians. Along with John Foreman and Program Mentor Taylor Henderson, these professional mentors helped the students shape the program song – taking it from draft form to a complete and polished track.
This year’s song celebrates the joy of music making and the confidence it brings to young people. It features a rhythm section, several vocalists and quite a large string section. The 2017 Program and accompanying resources will make for engaging classroom activities as teachers and students will have the opportunity to explore varying musical styles and concepts. The song and all program resources will be released for the start of Term 3, with Celebration Day taking place on Thursday 2 November.
A big thank you to John, Taylor, our professional mentors and to all student performers for a wonderful day in the recording studio!
Check out photos from the day at the Music: Count Us In Facebook page.
Stay tuned for the release of our Songwriting and Recording Day clips.
Don’t forget to register for Music: Count Us In 2017!