Music to the ears

Jindabyne Central School (JCS) students have joined more than half a million kids across the country to sing the same song at exactly the same time in an effort to promote music education.

A total of 450 JCS primary and secondary students filled the school hall on October 31 to belt out the tune Keep On at exactly 12.30pm, along with children from 2150 other schools registered for the Count Us In program.JCS students watched a live web stream hosted by The Voice runner-up Darren Percival, the lead singer on the track, who sang with 250 students on the Gold Coast.

In Sydney, seven school children took to the Sydney Tower Skywalk with pop singer Timomatic while in Melbourne The Voice winner Harrison Craig joined 100 students at the Arts Centre to sing Keep On.

In total about 600,000 children took part, with JCS students practising for the singalong for about two months.

Relieving JCS principal Debbie-Lee Hughes said she was fortunate her teachers shared a common belief about the unique ability of music education to transform the lives of students.

"Music education has benefits beyond teaching children to play instruments and sing - helping their academic achievement, sharpening their attentiveness and creativity and enhancing memory and fine motor skills," Ms Hughes said.

"Music: Count Us In is considered a normal part of the experiences that enhance the teaching and learning at our school."

This year's song, Keep On, was written by four students mentored by singer/songwriter Katie Noonan.

Music: Count Us In is supported by the federal government and is focused on celebrating the value of music education to students' development.

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