Kids unite in song

WE'VE Got The Music will reverberate across the nation next Thursday with plenty of local voices joining Music Count Us In.

Last year 500,000 students, teachers and families performed Come Play Your Part in the massive nationwide event, celebrating the value of music education.

At 11.30am on September 1, schools across Australia will synchronise their renditions of We've Got The Music.

This year Toormina High School will host three local primary schools – Toormina, Sawtell and William Bayldon – at the covered outdoor learning area where they will unite in song. After the performance they will take turns presenting musical pieces.

Toormina High School music teacher Bev Babbage said music in schools had many values.

“Music is good for the mind. It's proven that playing music uses both sides of the brain and students who play instruments perform better academically,” Ms Babbage said.

“In addition, not all kids are academic and music allows students to explore their creativity and experience the joy music brings.

“This event brings the importance of music education to the fore.”

Ms Babbage said last year's song, Come Play Your Part, was written by a former Year 12 student, Shekinah Moye, who went to Sydney to workshop her ideas with industry profes- sionals.

“It is amazing that the whole country was singing a Toormina student's song.”

More information at www.musiccountusin.org.au.



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