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Music. Count Us In

07 June 2007

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today launched an innovative national school music event to enhance the status and quality of music education in Australian schools.

“The Australian Government is providing $300,000 in funding for this exciting initiative called Music. Count Us In, which will involve students across the country,” Minister Bishop said.

John Foreman, Ambassador and songwriter for Music. Count Us In, wrote an inspiring tune, called “Life is a Song.” The song will now be learnt by students from kindergarten to Year 12 and at 11am on the 30 August 2007 students from schools across Australia will simultaneously perform the song.

“This will be a first for Australia and I encourage all Australians to support our students in performing this song. Life is a Song, along with arrangements will be available for downloading from the Music. Count Us In website,” Minister Bishop said.

“Active participation in music education through singing, playing instruments and listening provides wonderful experiences for all children and has direct benefits for their wellbeing, engagement with school and learning.

“Music. Count Us In is a practical demonstration of the Australian Government’s commitment to music programmes in our schools.”

Information kits including materials for teachers and students are being sent to schools nationally to highlight how they can get involved.

For more information visit:

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media-unit 02 6240 7300 Non-media queries 1300 363 079