Big Gig 2016

The Music Engagement Program has been operating since 1984, supported by the ACT Government, developing scholarly and practical resources and training for teachers and providing music making opportunities which engage thousands of children and teachers every year.  The Big Gig is a mass community music-making event with 1300 students and community members leaping out of their seats in Llewellyn Hall to sing well-known songs together.  Students attend from over 30 schools across Canberra, and the concert will be live-streamed to schools and community music organisations across the globe (last time a Big Gig was live-streamed it received a live audience of 7000 including hits from the USA, New Zealand, the UK, and parts of Asia).  The concert includes an intergenerational, multi-ability, multicultural and multi-skilled singing group who will help to lead the songs, accompanied by a big band from Telopea Park School.
This event provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that the ANU School of Music continues to thrive and maintain relevance to the Canberra community and to a national and international audience, and makes a refreshing change from recent media attention.
Big Gig
25 October 2016
10:00 am and 11:30 am Concerts
Llewellyn Hall, ANU
Music Education Program interactive concert, Llewellyn Hall. ACT Primary schools, RMC and IMPACT Senior Concert Band. Starring Georgia Pike.

Music Education Program interactive concert, Llewellyn Hall.
ACT Primary schools, RMC and IMPACT Senior Concert Band.

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Music Count Us In and Big Gig Event – Llewellyn Hall 29 October 2015

Register for the Music Engagement Program’s Community Singing Group and help lead the singing of hundreds of children in Llewellyn Hall! The singing event is called ‘The Big Gig’, a mass singing outreach concert (which will also be filmed), on Thursday 29th October, Llewellyn Hall, 12.30-1.30pm. The singing group is intergenerational and multi-ability, no previous music experience required. Repertoire includes old community favourites, and the song for the national music advocacy event ‘Music: Count Us In’.

To Date 13 Schools, Community Groups, Local Identities have all registered to participate.

2010 09 02 Music - Count us in.

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Fun with Music and Art course full again!

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MEP works with UC Occupational Therapy students

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Twelve University of Canberra students completing a Masters of Occupational Therapy engaged in a set of three Music Outreach sessions facilitated by staff of the Australian National University’s Music Engagement Program.  Read more ›

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Pasifika Music Outreach Tour!

We’re on tour this week with a fantastic group of high school students as part of the Pasifika Music Outreach Program!

Click here for more information!

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Our busy last few weeks! SmArts and Boundless

The MEP team have been very busy during the last few weeks. On Friday, a number of the events we have been involved in wound up. We had the last session of the SmArts program which was fantastic fun. As part of a partnership between the ANU Student Equity, the Smith Family and the MEP we have been working with a number of high school students from across ACT. We spent four Fridays with this group of enthusiastic and talented musicians. They prepared a set of repertoire for both outreaches at nursing homes and a performance for primary school students. We visited Chapman Primary, Mt Rogers Primary, Kalparrin Aged Care Facility and Morshead Home. The students played many different instruments including cello, guitar, ukulele and didgeridoo! The program culminated in last Friday with performances for parents and friends. We were also able to view the Art students’ works which they had completed as part of the Arts stream of the SmArts program. Read more ›

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Local, Loud and Proud Photos!

We’ve just uploaded a whole bunch of amazing photos taken by Stuart Hay from ANU Photography. Stuart has managed to capture the excitement, fun and joy that was so plentiful on the day. Have a look for yourself at the link below!

Local Loud and Proud Photo Gallery

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Phew! What a fantastic Big Gig!

Well, it’s all finished! The MEP team had a fantastic day at our “Local, Loud and Proud” Big Gig last Thursday. 2000 kids, 17 schools, an intergenerational orchestra, an intergenerational singing group, and so much more! Thanks to all who made this day so special.

Have a listen to this clip from 666 ABC this morning, who recorded us singing Aeroplane Jelly, and an interview with our own Nicole Mengel.

There are some extra photos here.

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Fred Hollows Schools Award and Mt Rogers Primary

Last week Nicole and five of her students from Mt Rogers (Ayden Roccisano, Corey Connellan, Jack Murray, Nathan Ashley and Sean Argus-Casey) went on the radio to talk about their recent award from the Fred Hollows Foundation. Have a listen to the interview below.


“Now in its second year, the Fred Hollows Schools Award recognises the positive contributions ACT primary school students are making at school or in the wider community. Over 100 students in Years 3-6 from 16 schools were awarded this week in Canberra in a special ceremony to celebrate the efforts of the kids. The very gorgeous Eloise Crawford has been collecting swimming caps and googles for children in Columbia to give them the opportunity to learn to swim, while a group of boys from Mount Rogers Primary School have formed a choir to delight elderly residents in Canberra nursing homes. The kids joined Alex Sloan on 666 Afternoons to share their stories…we were even treated to a delightfully sweet rendition of “Aeroplane Jelly”.

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Two days until the Big Gig!

The ANU Music Engagement Program Presents ‘LOCAL, LOUD & PROUD!’, an interactive concert for children and the community hosted by Georgia Pike, exploring songs that have been written, arranged or composed by people from the Canberra region. The concert will include 1000 children, 7 schools, 40 string players, two pianos, a community singing group and much, much more. Read more ›

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