United in melody and musical magic

LOCAL talent featured in Australia’s biggest musical gig yesterday as students from Cowper and Grafton public schools took part in Music: Count Us In, an annual government supported program which celebrates and promotes the value of music education.

More than 500,000 students from schools across the country register in the program each year and perform the same song on the same day at exactly the same time. When the clock struck 11:30am on Thursday, students united in song and raised their voices.

“It’s a great opportunity for schools to become involved with music because it does so much for the soul,” said Melissa Philp, a music teacher from Cowper Public School.

“Music enhances academic learning and the students at Cowper sing all the time. Yesterday a group of girls in Year 6 took part in Music: Count Us In and they did a fantastic job.”

Up river, close to 300 students at Grafton Public School joined in the national rendition of We’ve Got the Music, the 2011 anthem for Music: Count Us In.

Choir teacher Elaine Ware said the children gained a lot of enjoyment singing together.

“They all put a lot of effort into learning the words and the event does a great job of promoting music throughout all schools,” she said.

“Grafton Public School has previously taken part in Music: Count Us In and we had many students from Years 3-6 participate in the event this year. I think all the kids enjoy singing and being included in something this big.

“It was a wonderful performance to watch.”



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