On Thursday 30 October Music Australia (previously the Music Council of Australia), together with partners from four national music organisations, including the AMA, will be at Parliament House to promote the value of music education in Australian schools.
At midday on the 30th 4 800 local students will come together for our Music: Count Us In Celebration Event in the Great Hall of Parliament House in an event that will be live streamed to half a million students, teachers, parents and community members nationwide.
We are working in alliance with our colleagues from the NAAE (National Advocates for Music Education), of which we are a member, who are holding meetings in the same week to advocate for arts education in schools.
Our delegation will provide briefings on music education provision and benefits, our work, and discuss opportunities to strengthen music education in Australian schools.
The AMA was key in the establishment of Music: Count Us In. Today, Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative, with more than 500,000 participating students from over 2,100 schools nationwide. Growing in reach and impact since 2007, MCUI exists to support teachers to deliver music in the classroom, addressing a lack of training and experience in this specialist area. Music education has been proven to improve students’ literacy, numeracy, school attendance and confidence. Music: Count Us In brings teachers, parents, students and the music industry together in celebration, as more than half a million people unite to sing the same song at the same time, right across the country.