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Music at Somerset? Count Us In!

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Week 5,
Term Four, 2016

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On Monday 25 October the Junior School musicians gathered together to celebrate music education, in a performance involving all students from Prep to Year 6. Instrumentalists and choristers from Years 3 to 6 had been preparing for this event for the last term as part of Music Count Us In.

This programme is Australia’s biggest school initiative, and in 2016 celebrated its tenth year. Although it was our first year involved in the programme, we hope to perform again for next year’s celebration day. Last year, over 550,000 students from 2,100 schools joined to be part of the united ensemble, where students sing the same song on the same day, at the same time.

Music Count Us In works to help bridge the gap in music education across the country, by celebrating the benefits of music and providing resources for schools. Did you know research shows that learning to play a musical instrument enhances verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills? Some of the other benefits include that performing raises self-confidence, self-discipline, improves social and team work skills, helps lift student engagement in school whilst at the same time being a lot of fun, extending creative minds and providing children with a means of self-expression.

We are so lucky to have quality music education at Somerset, and passionate young musicians who not only excel in their chosen music path, but participate and share their talents through performing within the schools ensemble programmes. It is so much fun to play and sing alone, but performing in a group is really something special. We are fortunate to have quality music lessons which are developmental, sequential and continuous across the Junior School. Thank you to students in Cool Cats, Melodic Mynas, Junior Chorale, JSO1, JSO2, Junior Concert Band and Recorder Ensemble for your beautiful singing and playing. A big thank you to Miss Lee, Mrs Rowe, Mrs Little and Mrs Moffatt for performing, conducting and preparing ensembles for this event.

If your child enjoyed the performance, perhaps they might be interested in joining one of our ensembles to join in next year’s performance. Music is for everyone, and there’s a Somerset music ensemble for everyone!

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