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Music: Count Us In 2020 Professional Development

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In this video series, four NSW teachers offer their advice and suggestions on using  Music: Count Us In resources and program in different settings.

Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s largest school initiative. It is the education program of Music Australia, working with partners around the country to support music in schools. The program culminates in the National Celebration Day when more than half a million students sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time – the annual Program Song. It is a song written by students, for students. The 2020 Program Song is called 'You Won’t Bring Us Down‘ , and was written by four students from around Australia in collaboration with the MCUI Ambassador John Foreman and the 2020 program Mentor Lior.

Visit the Music: Count Us In web page for more information.

Presenters

  • Jeff Debnam, Homebush West Public School
  • Adrian Lim-Klumpes, music teacher at JJ Cahill Memorial High school, musical director for Shining Star (arts education program for students with disabilities)
  • Heidi Piper, Wahroonga Public School
  • Susan Sukkar, The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education

Using the MCUI resources to teach the song

Duration: 
8:15

Jeff Debnam (Homebush West Public School) in Sydney talks about how he uses the MCUI resources to teach the song. Jeff teaches music across all stages from K to 6 and has been participating in MCUI since 2014.

Video transcript –
Using the MCUI resources to teach the song
Music: Count Us In 2020 Professional Development – Using the MCUI resources to teach the song
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Teaching the MCUI song

Duration: 
9:15

Heidi Piper (Wahroonga Public School) talks through her approach to teaching the MCUI song.

Video transcript –
Teaching the MCUI song
Music: Count Us In 2020 Professional Development – Teaching the MCUI song
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Using MCUI as a springboard into songwriting

Duration: 
7:59

Heidi Piper (Wahroonga Public School) talks about using MCUI as a springboard to songwriting in the classroom.

Video transcript –
Using MCUI as a springboard into songwriting
Music: Count Us In 2020 Professional Development – Using MCUI as a springboard into songwriting
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Creating actions to the MCUI song

Duration: 
8:19

Heidi Piper (Wahroonga Public School) talks about creating actions to the MCUI with her students.

Video transcript –
Creating actions to the MCUI song
Music: Count Us In 2020 Professional Development – Creating actions to the MCUI song
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Using MCUI resources with students with disabilities

Duration: 
16:55

Adrian Lim-Klumpes (JJ Cahill Memorial High School) talks about having the music side of things approachable for teachers of students with disability. He also discusses some strategies for Music teachers or choir conductors who may not have had much experience working with children with disabilities.

Video transcript –
Using MCUI resources with students with disabilities
Music: Count Us In 2020 Professional Development – Using MCUI resources with students with disabilities
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Learning the MCUI recorder part

Duration: 
19:16

Susan Sukkar (The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education) takes us through the recorder part step by step.

Video transcript –
Learning the MCUI recorder part
Music: Count Us In 2020 Professional Development – Learning the MCUI recorder part
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