Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative, with a presence in every state and territory in the country. The program brings teachers, parents, students and the music industry together in celebration of music and music education. MCUI exists to advocate for improved access to music education for all students across Australia.
MCUI is available to all schools and registration is FREE. The program is a perfect fit for schools with an existing music program and for schools without one. We really do encourage all schools to get involved, including those who already deliver music to their students.
“This program opens the door for all classrooms to have a quality musical experience. There is professional support for all aspects from instrumental experts to the busy non-musical classroom teacher. Students can be immersed in the opportunity to sing or play musical instruments with others, to delve into the creating and making of music to a high standard or just take the chance to have fun with melodic sounds at any ability level.” Teacher feedback about MCUI 2019
Music: Count Us In – How Does it Work?
MCUI starts and ends with the Program Song which is written by Australian school students with the assistance of John Foreman OAM (Program Ambassador) and the MCUI Mentor who changes each year (previous mentors have included the likes of Marcia Hines, Jay Laga’aia, Jack River and Justine Clarke). The Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition is used to find the writers of the Program Song.
The Program Song and a suite of accompanying resources is made available to all registered schools to use from the beginning of school term three. Educational Resources include lesson plans, demonstrations videos, arrangements for musical ensembles, Auslan and Braille resources and more. Registered teachers are also encouraged to make the most of various professional development opportunities offered by Music Australia and our education partners around the country.
MCUI culminates in Celebration day, usually held in November each year. The day is celebrated nationally where right across the country – all registered schools sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time. Schools can hold their own Celebration Day events or partner with other local schools or participate in main events organised by Music Australia and our partners. Celebration Day events have been known to take over classrooms, school halls, shops, arts centres, parks, beaches, public spaces, concert halls and even Parliament House! One main event is live streamed so that all participating schools can tune in and feel connected to the rest of the country as they sing the song that stops the nation!