Music: Count Us In encourages young people to become passionate about music and music education. Register from December ow to be part of Music: Count Us In 2016.
Singing is the most fundamental form of music making and singing for Australia’s young people should be encouraged, supported and celebrated. In his recent article ‘Serious About Singing’, composer, radio presenter and music writer, Andrew Ford, wrote:
“Singing is the start of music, its most common manifestation and, arguably, its most sublime expression…If all schools took the teaching of singing seriously – singing in all sorts of styles, singing in parts, singing by ear, singing from scores – we would have no crisis of music education.” (Andrew Ford)
Music: Count Us In celebrates and values the joy of singing and each year the program is built on the development of an original Program Song; written by students, for students. Students will be selected to help write the 2016 Program Song through the Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition. Finalists from the competition will then work in collaboration with each other, with Program Ambassador John Foreman and with 2016 Program Mentor to write the 2016 Program Song – the song that stops the nation.
On Celebration Day 2016, Thursday 3 November 2016, more than 550,000 students from over 2,100 schools around Australia will join together in song to celebrate music and music education. The Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition is open to all students from any registered school. Entries close Thursday 18 February 2016.