Music: Count Us In (MCUI), Australia’s largest school music participation program is thrilled to announce the Justine Clarke as the music mentor for 2018. MCUI is Australia’s largest school music advocacy initiative growing steadily in reach and impact since 2007. Last year, MCUI saw over 3000 schools and over 660 000 students take part in the program providing students and teachers with the opportunity to develop their music skills and simultaneously perform with schools around the country.
Justine Clarke is a familiar face to many around Australia. She is particularly loved be some of Australia’s youngest people and their parents thanks to her work on Play School and as the host of The Justine Clarke Show!. She is deeply passionate about music for young people and music in schools, with singing and performing a part of her DNA from childhood.
In her 19 years with Big Ted, Jemima and the rest of the iconic Play School cast, Justine has released platinum and gold selling CD/ DVDs of childrens’ songs, with original compositions by pianist Peter Dasent and backed by some of Australia’s finest musicians.
Justine is an acclaimed performer of stage and screen and understands the power of music – especially as a tool for learning and educating young people. On being the 2018 MCUI Mentor, Justine says:
“I’m thrilled to be part of this program that promotes music education, creativity and community in one loud and joyful song that’s heard right across the country! Count me in!”
Justine will work with four talented students and Program Ambassador, John Foreman, to write this year’s song. We can’t wait to see what they come up with! Our National Songwriting Competition closed last week with a record amount of entries. Our esteemed judging panel is shortlisting the entries and we will announce the finalists in the coming weeks.
All of MCUI’s participants will come together on Celebration Day, held on the 1 November 2018 where they will simultaneously perform their school’s arrangement of the MCUI song.
Things are really kicking off for Music: Count Us In 2018!