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.
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.
Heidi Piper (Wahroonga Public School) talks through her approach to teaching the MCUI song.
Heidi Piper (Wahroonga Public School) talks about using MCUI as a springboard to songwriting in the classroom.
Heidi Piper (Wahroonga Public School) talks about creating actions to the MCUI with her students.
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.
Susan Sukkar (The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education) takes us through the recorder part step by step.