The most essential component of Music: Count Us In is the Program Song. This year, four students from across the country were selected to take part in our 2016 Songwriting Workshop. Stella, Tom, Breanna and Bonnie were joined by Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM and Program Mentor Jay Laga’aia and asked to work collaboratively to create the song that stops the nation. It was a great day of songwriting in Sydney!
Our students got the full creative experience, just starting with the venue. The artistic team spent the day working in one of Sydney’s coolest studios. Having flown in the night before, our four student songwriters arrived eager and ready to get started on their mission – to write a fantastic song for students all around Australia. The day began with introductions and with each student performing their winning entry from this year’s MCUI National Songwriting Competition. After sharing their songs with each other, our young songwriters got down to the difficult but exciting task of developing a theme for the 2016 song. The songwriting process flourished from there as John and Jay guided our students in creating lyrics, developing musical ideas and defining the structure of their song. By lunch time – we had a chorus and some rough verses.
The entire day continued with fantastic creativity from all involved. The song created reflects the enthusiasm and dedication of our four very talented young people. We can’t wait for you to get to know them more as the year goes on. For our student songwriters, it was a true privilege to benefit from the experience and expertise of John and Jay. Their passion for working with young people and helping them express their stories was clearly evident and you will no doubt hear it in this year’s song.
Check out more photos from the day at the MCUI Facebook page.
In just a few weeks, MCUI will head to the recording studio!
Don’t forget to register for MCUI 2016!