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Music: Count Us In

Music: Count Us In 

Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative. In 2016,  more than 600,000 students from over 2,500 schools participated nationwide. In 2016, we celebrated our 10th anniversary. Music: Count Us In brings teachers, parents, students and the music industry together in celebration of music and music education. The program is a perfect fit for schools with an existing music program and for schools without one.  We really do encourage all schools to get involved, including those who already deliver music to their students.  Music: Count Us In  exists to advocate for improved access to music education for all students across Australia. Raise your voice to help us! Can we count you in?

MCUI is available to all schools and registration is FREE. Simply REGISTER to get started. 

MCUI Registered Schools

Use the map, below, to find your school and to find out which schools are registered in your area.

Music: Count Us In – How does it work?

MCUI starts and ends with the Program Song. The 2016 Program Song was ‘Let It Play‘. It was written by 4 students with the assistance of John Foreman OAM (Program Amabassador) and Jay Laga’aia (2016 Program Mentor). The 2017 Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition is currently open to help find the writers of the 2017 Program Song.

The Program Song and a suite of accompanying resources is made available to all registered schools. Educational Resources include lesson plans, demonstrations videos, arrangements for musical ensembles, Auslan and Braille resources and more. Registered teachers are also encouraged to make the most of various professional development opportunities offered by Music Australia and our education partners.

MCUI culminates in Celebration day, to be held on Thursday 2 November 2017. The day is celebrated nationally where right across the country – all registered schools sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time.  Schools can hold their own Celebration Day events or partner with other local schools or participate in main events organised by Music Australia and our partners. Celebration Day events have been known to take over classrooms, school halls, shops, arts centres, parks, beaches, public spaces, concert halls and even Parliament House! One main event is live streamed so that all participating schools can tune in and feel connected to the rest of the country as they sing the song that stops the nation!

Music: Count Us In – Why is it needed?

In late 2005, the federally-funded National Review of School Music Education found that most students miss out on meaningful music education in schools. It said that we needed to lift the status of music in schools, to remind teachers, parents, principals, kids and the community about the value and benefits of learning music. Music: Count Us In has a dual purpose – it advocates for music education by promoting and celebrating its value and offers resources and training to teachers to help them deliver music in the classroom.

What are the benefits of music education?

Decades of research shows that learning music can help students’ self-confidence, self-discipline and team work. It can help students engage in school, can improve school attendance and can even help students make healthy life choices. There are also strong links between music learning and academic skills in literacy and numeracy. Research shows that music is unique in its flow-on benefits to students who learn it.

Don’t all schools already teach students music?

Not really, no. The key with meaningful music learning is that it has to be ‘continuous, sequential and developmental’ for students to benefit. We know, for example, that as few as 23% of government schools are able to offer their students a music education which fits that bill – they would like to, but they lack the resources. In private schools, the number leaps up to 88%. The numbers vary greatly from State to State, but that statistic reflects the national average. Music: Count Us In supports the idea that ALL kids deserve music education, which is why our resources offer a full term of lesson plans for use in the classroom.

Music: Count Us In – How does it help?

Our research shows that schools’ participation in Music: Count Us In leads to teachers, principals and school communities investing more in music education. Generalist teachers develop increased confidence and skills, and specialist teachers use the program as an opportunity to bring the whole school together to celebrate music. Participating in Music: Count Us In is also a great way for schools to engage with their local community, seek local media coverage, advocate directly to their Government representatives and create opportunities to showcase talented and dedicated students and teachers. More students might put their hands up to join existing choirs and music ensembles, Principals might decide to allocate more time and resources to music, teachers might offer more regular music classes per week or the P&C might form a music sub-committee. There are so many ways to bring more music into students lives. Music: Count Us In is just the beginning!

Music: Count Us In – Who funds it?

Music: Count Us In is run by Music Australia and is supported by funding from The Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training. We look forward to continuing to work with the Australian Government to bring more music into Australian schools. Senator the Hon, Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for Education and Training sent us a message of support on Celebration Day 2015.

 

 

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