Music Count Us In event

Bowral Public School students practicing for the Music: Count Us In Celebration Day on November 3. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Bowral Public School students practicing for the Music: Count Us In Celebration Day on November 3. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

STUDENTS in two Highlands schools are practicing for a nationwide Celebration Day event.

Bowral Public School and Moss Vale Public School students have been learning Let It Play as part of the Music: Count Us In initiative.

Bowral teacher Libby Piesley said this was the first year the school had been involved.

“It’s to give the children the idea of being part of a bigger community event, and it’s a fun thing for them to be part of,” she said.

“It’s nice for them to have a connection and be part of a bigger thing across Australia.”

The song Let Us Play was written by students Stella Kelly (16, WA), Tom Meadows (11, VIC), Bonnie Staude (14, WA) and Breanna Truscott (14, QLD), along with program mentor Jay Laga’aia from Play School.

The program was designed to encourage young people to become passionate about music and music education.

Music: Count Us In exists to assist teachers in providing quality music education and to address the gap in specialist music education provision in many Australian schools.

The program is both a participation program and an advocacy program – raising the profile of music education on the national stage, and providing hundreds of thousands of students with practical music learning.

To register your school, visit www.musicaustralia.org.au

The Music: Count Us In Celebration Day will be broadcast across Australia from midday on November 3.

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