IMAGINE the sound of 500,000 voices singing the same song at the same time.
While the voices were spread across Australia, many local schools joined together, sharing their covered outdoor learning areas to create a chorus of ‘We’ve Got the Music’.
At 11.30am on Thursday, more than 1900 schools took part in the national Music: Count Us In event which celebrates the value of music education.
Among the local schools performing their renditions were Toormina High School which hosted Toormina, Sawtell and William Bayldon Public schools.
Toormina High School music teacher Bev Babbage said: “This event brings the importance of music education to the fore.”
Special guest was former student Shekinah Moye who wrote the song chosen for last year’s event – Come Play Your Part.
Shekinah, a then Year 12 student, travelled to Sydney to workshop her piece with industry professionals.
Music: Count Us In is managed by the Music Council of Australia which aims to raise the status of music in schools, as recommended by the National Review of School Music Education (2005).
The program also delivers music professional development to primary school teachers.
This year much of the training will be via video conferencing technology, which is able to reach many more teachers in rural, regional and remote areas.