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Kiyomi Vella to perform in Geelong

Kiyomi VellaIt's always wonderful when local teachers are proactive about building the profile of music in their local community. That's exactly what's happening in Geelong, where a group of local teachers are partnering with the Geelong Performing Arts Centre to produce a huge event for Music: Count Us In. We thought we'd better give them some extra oompf, so we booked The Voice contestant, Kiyomi Vella, to perform at the event and sing Keep On with the kids.

Kiyomi has performed since the age of six working to develop her unique sound as singer and songwriter. She released her debut EP “Good Out of Fine” in 2012 to critical acclaim. We're sure she'll add a whole lot of talent to the Geelong event!

Recording the song - 2013

In May 2013, talented students worked with professional mentors and Music: Count Us In ambassador, John Foreman, to record the 2013 program song, 'Keep On' (A. Rolfe, A. Slattery, H. Winter, R. Lim, K. Noonan, J. Foreman). Darren Percival, runner up on The Voice, provided lead vocal.

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.

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