In fantastic news, the Minister for Education, The Hon Dan Tehan MP has announced the Federal Government will extend the funding of Music Australia’s national education program, Music: Count Us In (MCUI) for 2019. This ensures that over half a million students will be able to participate in a formal music education program this year.
The Federal Government announced it will provide an additional $450,000 in funds for 2019 to support Australia’s largest school-based music initiative. In 2018 MCUI saw 745,000 schools students across Australia join together in singing one song at the same time all over the country. MCUI brings music education to students and teachers by providing resources and skills development opportunities for teachers.
Hon Dan Tehan MP said “Music enriches our lives, and helps bring people and communities together.”
“The program also provides professional support for music classes, which is particularly important for schools in socio-economic disadvantaged areas.”
“Music can be a powerful and transformative teaching tool and the Morrison Government can fund programs like Music: Count Us In because we are keeping the economy strong.”
Music Australia Chair Michael Smellie said “The funding of Music: Count Us In for 2019, will significantly benefit hundreds of thousands of children. We know from our research, that this program enhances learning experiences and improves confidence and social interaction of students. The impact will be most felt in those areas currently most disadvantaged in music resources, particularly in remote and regional Australia.”
MCUI is delivered by Music Australia.
MCUI culminates each year in an annual Celebration Day event where students across the country join together, singing the same song at the same time. Last year’s main Celebration Day event was broadcast live from Hobart around Australia. You can see some photos of the event here.