Bundaberg students join nationwide song

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Up to 650 student voices echoed throughout Norville State School's hall on Thursday as part of a nationwide program celebrating music in education.

The Music Count Us In program by Music Australia is the nation's largest school initiative where more than half a million students from across Australia sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time.

Bundaberg State High School instrumental students, under the direction of Christine Buwalda, played the music and all 650 Norville State School students provided the vocals for a song written by students, for students.

Norville State School music specialist teacher Anthonie Meerman praised all involved for being so passionate about the project.

“This year’s song called ‘We Are’ involves over 745,000 students from more than 3400 schools all around Australia,” he said.

“How exciting it is to see so many students here in Bundaberg celebrating the value of music education”.

Norville State School music specialist teacher Anthonie Meerman conducts the students during the Music Count Us In event.
Norville State School music specialist teacher Anthonie Meerman conducts the students during the Music Count Us In event.

Music Count Us In program

The Music Count Us In program works with partners around the country to foster music education in schools, with a presence in every state and territory in the country.

It is internationally recognised as the world’s largest school music initiative, and an important part of the Australian school calendar.

It offers students music participation and skill development, delivers much needed resources and training to teachers, accesses and supports regional and remote locations and special needs areas and provides a whole-of-school engagement activity.

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