Schools counting down to statewide sing-in
MUSIC Count Us In (MCUI) will be celebrated by schools across the district but sadly there will be fewer participating together this year because of the drought.
Music teacher Jayne Shelley said five or six schools would unite at Leslie Park for the music participation program to sing a specially created song on the same day at the same time as participating schools across the country.
Last year 11 local schools were represented.
The Warwick Central State School based teacher said with money scarce for some schools with drought-affected families they decided not to hire buses for the event.
“We thought of doing a fundraiser but then the money raised might be better spent on the drought,” she said.
“The schools are still learning the song. They’ll have their own celebration. It’s to celebrate music education in schools.”
This year’s song titled ‘We Are’ will be sung as well as performed in Auslan.
At Warwick the combined schools will also sing last year’s MCUI song which was last year sung by more than 3400 participating schools and more than 745,000 students.
Each year the celebration day also heralds the beginning of a national songwriting competition with the winners tasked with writing next year’s song.
This year’s student songwriters Roan Nair, Amber Farnan, Brady Cavanagh and Sawah Miaih were mentored by songwriter Jack River before joining MCUI program ambassador John Foreman to write the song, ‘We Are’.
“Each year, a new group of students comes together to write a song for Music Count Us In and, as a result, each song is unique - of course each song has its own melody, lyrics and chords, but it also has its own style, its own energy,” Mr Foreman said.
‘We Are’ was recorded at Sony Studios, Sydney by instrumentalists from The Arts Unit and male and female lead vocalists from the Talent Development Project.
Music Count Us In will be performed at Leslie Park Youth Space at 10am on Thursday November 7 with Mayor Tracy Dobie officially opening the event.
For more information visit www.musiccountusin.org.au