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Caboolture East State School count themselves in

Caboolture East State School music teacher Scott Goldsmith teaching his class 3P class a few bars of the song for the 2016 Count Us In initiative.
Caboolture East State School music teacher Scott Goldsmith teaching his class 3P class a few bars of the song for the 2016 Count Us In initiative. Kyle Zenchyson

STUDENTS at Caboolture East State School are eagerly counting in for a nation-wide incentive to promote the merits of learning music on Thursday November 3.

In it's 10th year, Music: Count Us In is Australia's biggest schools initiative, where students across the country sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time.

The program is designed to encourage young people's passion for music and energise and engage teachers, principals and school communities.

Music teacher Scott Goldsmith said he was looking forward to hearing his students perform 'Let It Play', which was written by four students from Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

"We've been involved with the program for the last four years since I arrived at the school and each year we're adding more and more to it so not only are the kids singing it, they're actually playing instruments to it as well," he said.

"In the third year, last year, we actually had every single child in the school either singing or playing an instrument at some moment over the song.

"It is very very hard to coordinate but we got it together and it sounded awesome."

Mr Goldsmith said it was hard to explain to his colleagues why more than 700 students should take just two minutes out of the day to gather in the school hall. But it was worth it in the end.

"They worked out that this a fantastic experience for the kids and they are so motivated to be involved, so even the most reluctant music student realises this an opportunity to shine because everybody's doing it," he said.

"And you don't have to be brilliant at it, you just have to be involved.

"Kids who may struggle in one area of their education are helped by learning music because it's covering everything."

Last year saw over half a million students from over 2,100 schools join the program.

 

The song features a variation on 'Canon in D' by Johann Pachelbel. You can listen to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLEpXT4Gn8YYCvq2N74L_RnwkXTDCQ9jVc&v=FMJgxt_kxbo.


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