Music has and will always play a big part in the life of Wollongong singer-songwriter Emma Jones.
So the 17-year-old Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts (WHSPA) student jumped at the chance to be involved in Music Count Us In (MCUI).
More than 3000 schools and over 660,000 students took part in Australia’s largest school music participation program in 2017.
A similar amount feature this year, but only five talented students from across the country, one of which is Emma, have worked with MCUI mentor Justine Clarke and John Foreman to write the program “song that stops the nation”.
“The song One Song will be performed and sung by more than half a million children on the same day [November 1 at 12.30pm AEST], at the same time,” Emma said.
“I’m honoured to have been given the chance to be a part of MCUI for 2018. I think it is a great initiative to introduce and develop music in younger generations, whilst encouraging diversity and individuality in the process.
“I am very excited to create a song which not only brings people together, but also gives each person an opportunity to relate in their own way.”
MCUI, managed by Music Australia, gives children of all ages and abilities free access to music education, and also delivers music professional development to classroom teachers.