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  • "Our classes are now more willing to listen to and become engaged with music in the normal classroom"
  • "We have increased the number of instruments available to each year group as a result of this program"
  • "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 joined in last year and it was one of the best things I have ever done in a 30 year teaching career"
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Creating the song - 2013

Watch this clip with your students to show the process mentors Katie Noonan and John Foreman led our talented student songwriters through at the MCUI songwriting workshop in April.

Launching the 2013 song!

It's here! Our wonderful 2013 program song, Keep On, is now live on our website, with our classroom activity kit and special education kit available for download on our Teachers page.

Keep On sheet musicOver the coming weeks, teachers will be able to download different arrangements of the song, view our MusicPods, see behind-the-scenes footage from our songwriting and recording, and register for professional development sessions in their home state.

It's all happening, people! Register now.

Announcing our lead vocalist

Darren PercivalWe're thrilled that Darren Percival is singing the lead vocals on the 2013 Music: Count Us In song, Keep On, which we will be releasing in just a few weeks!

Runner up on The Voice last year, Darren has been involved in the Australia music scene for years, performing as Mr Percival and collaborating with artists as diverse as Katie Noonan (this year's songwriting mentor!), James Morrison, Mahalia Barnes and more.

In 2004, Darren studied in New York City with Bobby McFerrin, focusing on vocal looping, after which he returned to Australia to pursue a solo career. Since 2003, Darren has released 3 solo albums as Mr Percival, his looping artist alter ego. 

Darren speaks highly of his time at Chatswood High School, saying that his years studying music at school were "the foundation of my career. I didn't stop. Everyday learning how to perform and sing and play… it was a very inspiring time."

We're happy to welcome Darren to the Music: Count Us In family.

Our talented mentor, Katie Noonan!

We are thrilled to announce that this year's songwriting mentor for Music: Count Us In is none other than the supremely talented Katie Noonan. Our lucky student songwriters will be working with her in Brisbane this week to create the 2013 Project Song!

Katie NoonanKatie Noonan is one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this 4 x ARIA Award winning and 6 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indiepop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music.

Her various releases include her folk trio’s self titled album ‘Elixir’, the No. 1 selling classical album ‘Two of a Kind’ with her mother Maggie, her gold-selling top ten solo album ‘Skin’ and the acclaimed ‘Songs of the Southern Skies.’

She has worked with the country’s top orchestras and jazz musicians, as well as a host of other artists, including Tim Finn, Don Walker, Sia Furler, Josh Pyke, Tom Shapcott, Gurrumul, Maori diva Whirimako Black, Sydney Symphony oboist Diana Doherty, young members of Brisbane's Voices of Birralee, Clare Bowditch and The Living End’s Chris Cheney. Always extending herself creatively,

Katie continued to explore new ground in 2012 by devising and composing a song cycle, which was the basis for collaboration with contemporary Circus group Circa. Together they melded this cycle into a remarkable physical theatre piece called Love-Song-Circus, which premiered to rave reviews at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Always looking forward to new creative opportunities, Katie Noonan’s tireless unpredictability is matched only by her limitless versatility.

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