What is Music: Count Us In (MCUI)?

MCUI is Australia’s largest school music advocacy and participation program, growing in its reach and impact since 2007. In 2016 – over 600,000 kids from more than 2,500 schools learnt, rehearsed and performed the same song, at the same time, right across Australia. We have nearly 7000 teachers registered and using the programs in their classrooms.

Why is Music: Count Us In Needed?

Most students miss out on meaningful music education in schools. As few as 23% of Australian government schools are able to offer students a comprehensive music education. Research shows that learning music can help students’ self-confidence, self-discipline and team work, as well as academic skills in literacy and numeracy.

Who Wrote, Recorded and Produced the Song?

In 2016 students were selected to work with a Program Mentor Jay Lagaáia and program ambassador, John Foreman, in a one day songwriting workshop. the 2016 Song was written by John Foreman and Jay Lagaáia, with students Stella Kelly, Tom Meadows, Bonnie Staude and Breanna Truscott. The song was recorded by a select group of high school students. Find out more about the 2016 song here.

Who Runs Music: Count Us In?

MCUI is run by the Music Australia a non-government, not-for-profit, peak body for music and registered charity.  Funding is provided by the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training.

Can any Schools Participate?

Yes, high school, primary, early childhood, public, private, catholic etc.

Do I have to Register to be involved?

We would like all schools and participating teachers to register online. The more registrations we have, the more powerful the statement to Government on the importance of quality music education for all children.

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Not sure if your School is Registered for 2017?

You can double check if your school is registered with our interactive map


When is Celebration Day 2017

Celebration Day for 2017 is Thursday 2 November.

Do I have to perform at 12.30 P.M. EST?

It would be great for everyone to perform at the same time across the country, as it draws media attention to the program, however, it may not be realistic in all situations. Please celebrate MCUI Celebration day a time of day that is most convenient for your school. 12.30pm EST makes it 9.30am in WA, 11am in NT, 11.30am in QLD, 12pm in SA and 12.30pm in TAS, VIC, NSW and ACT.

What Events are Happening?

We will have multiple events happening all over the country with at least one major event in every state and territory. As these events are planned we will send out announcements and update the website with the relevant information.

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