WATCH: Students sing out in bid to increase school funding
SMALL voices can make a big difference when united in song, a crowd of Warwick students were determined to prove when they gathered in Leslie Park this morning.
Joining thousands of other students around the country, children from seven Southern Downs schools stretched their vocal chords in a bid to raise awareness about funding for school music programs.
Now in its eighth year, Count Us In has grown to become a huge annual event, with students travelling from as far as Leyburn to take part.
Organiser Jayne Shelley said they young vocalists were supporting an important cause.
"Only 23 per cent of schools in Australia have music teachers funded by the government, and I think most of those are in Queensland," Ms Shelley told students and parents who attended.
"Queensland is really lucky. But the other states are not so lucky, so we're coming together to show the world that music is important."
With a focus on inclusion, the students performed three songs in sign language.
Ms Shelley said hearing-impaired students from Warwick had participated in the past.
"You don't need to be able to hear to enjoy it, music is for everyone," she said.
Year 4 Warwick East State School student Elijah Tate-Whitton said his school had been practising the songs since the beginning of the year.
"It has been really fun," he said.
The main item, 'One Song' was a mash-up of songs written by primary school students around Australia who were selected to partake in a songwriting workshop with John Foreman, the program's ambassador and music mentor, Justine Clarke.