A Shining Moment for Music Education

Image Credit: Daryl Charles
Clare Kenny
| November 7, 2017

On Thursday 2 November, over 650,000 students from more than 3,000 schools sang the same song, on the same day, at the same time. The song was ‘Shine Together’ and the occasion was Music: Count Us In’s Celebration Day. Celebrating its 11th year, Music: Count Us In achieved record numbers across the board and marked the special day with amazing events all over Australia.

Music: Count Us In’s 2017 Program Song, ‘Shine Together’, was heard across Australia as students from schools around the country sang with great passion and gusto. This song focuses on the joy and confidence that comes from making music with other people – and that is what was celebrated on the big day.

It was the biggest and most successful Celebration Day to date, raising much needed awareness about the importance of music education in schools.

The main Celebration Day event was held at Deakin Edge at Federation Square in Melbourne. View the 2017 Celebration Day Live Stream

We were proud to feature some great initiatives as part of the live stream, including the inaugural schools music festival in Wagga Wagga, produced by the Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga. View the clip below.

Congratulations and thank you to all the teachers and students who were involved in Music: Count Us In 2017. Thank you also to our 2017 Ambassador, John Foreman OAM, and our 2017 Mentor, Taylor Henderson.  A final thank you and congratulations to the 2017 Student Songwriters: Sadie Mustoe (VIC), Makayla Forbes (NSW), Elliena Escott (QLD), Sadie Mustoe (VIC), Marcus Yeo (QLD) and Tiffany Yeo (QLD).

Music: Count Us In has enjoyed some great media coverage this year. We have also collected some fantastic photos and videos from Celebration Day events around Australia. Visit Music: Count Us In’s Facebook page to see this coverage.

Registrations for Music: Count Us In 2018 and the 2018 National Songwriting Competition will open soon.

View the Celebration Day main event

Watch our highlights video from Celebration Day

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