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  • "Our classes are now more willing to listen to and become engaged with music in the normal classroom"
  • "Music is gaining respect in our school. I think that more music is happening now, even in general learning"
  • "The website was brilliant with lots of educational value"
  • "Staff really liked the fact that there was a lot of teaching resources as most of us aren't very musical"
  • "We have increased the number of instruments available to each year group as a result of this program"
  • "We joined in last year and it was one of the best things I have ever done in a 30 year teaching career"
7 Days
Thurs, 30th October - 12:30pm AEDT


It's free including all the support material

One week to go!

Have you checked to see that you can watch the live stream of our Celebration Day event from Parliament House?

Test the live stream here and get in touch if it isn't working for you: http://event.5stream.com/794

The live stream will use a version of JW Player – so if you haven’t been able to watch the videos linked to the MCUI lesson plans, you probably won’t be able to watch the live streamed event. Talk to your school Principal about ensuring that JW Player is NOT blocked at your school. 

 Download our full live streaming instructions from the For Teachers page.

FREE Workshop with Richard Gill OAM

Richard GillWe're thrilled to announce that the first in Music Australia's new Music Talks seminar series will feature Richard Gill OAM, and is offered free-of-charge to all MCUI registered teachers. The code for free booking will be emailed to all registered teachers wishing to attend the seminar.

Techniques to enrich music in the classroom and community
4 – 6pm
Wed 15th October 2014
Erskineville Town Hall

Music TalksA session for classroom teachers and music enthusiasts. Richard will share useful techniques to enrich music in your classroom or community. Will include participatory, instructional and purely pleasurable elements, and key considerations about their learning value and benefits. This session will provide teachers and group leaders with easily learned practical techniques to apply in classroom and community settings. No music experience required. Q&A included. Richard Gill, is one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most admired conductors and an internationally respected music educator.

Free for Music Australia Members, and $20 for non-members. PROMO CODE will be emailed to all registered teachers. Bookings are essential.

Refreshments provided. Music Talks is a series of seminars, panels and roundtables on topical issues in music presented by Music Australia.

Great ideas for teaching the song

With less than 3 months to go til =schools celebrate the song that stops the nation, more than 1,500 schools have already signed up to learn, rehearse and perform the same song, at the same time, right across the country.

But, as you know, Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is so much more than a big sing-along. We provide teachers with resources, workshops, lesson plans and videos to help them deliver more music to Australian students.

We’re proud of this year’s wonderful resources (developed by Jane Law, Margie Moore, Catherine Threlfall and Jozzbeat), but we also know that Australian teachers are always coming up with new and inventive ideas in the classroom. With this in mind, we asked you to tell us what you've been doing with the program song and we were overwhelmed with the variety of responses.

Belinda from Larapinta Primary School in the Northern Territory said “My students (T-6) all love the new song and this week we have discussed the messages in the song and ‘painted a song’! Aren't they beautiful pictures - the bottom paintings are by 5 year olds! I just love them.”

Amanda from Calista Primary School in Western Australia, posted on our Facebook wall to tell us that the Year 2 students from Room 9 examined the form and structure of Paint You A Song by adding a layer to a pancake stack every time a new section of the song occurred. She said “They loved the activity and love learning with this song as a stimulus! Thanks!”

At Broken Hill School of The Air are students live on properties hundreds of kilometres away from town so they are practicing the song and will sing it over their satellite system. Teacher, Jodie, said “I think this is an amazing opportunity for our students. They loved being involved last year.”

Susie, the Choir teacher at Mt Ousley Public School in NSW emailed to tell us that she had showed the senior choir the YouTube clip about the songwriting process. She said a number of her Year 6 students were very interested in the discussion about copyright included in the clip, leading to a discussion about whether the song was available for them to buy, or whether she was allowed to share the song with them, due to the fact that they were going to be participating in the project. She said “I was very proud of my students' determination to respect the copyright of the young composers!”

If your students are interested and copyright, be sure to tell them that the songwriters are paid for their work and all registered Music: Count Us In schools, teachers and students have a license to use the song for educational purposes! For more information about copyright, visit the Music Matters website.

What inventive approaches have you taken to sharing music with your students? Share your ideas on our Facebook page.

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