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What is the Canadian Music Class Challenge?

CBC Music

Each September, CBC Music in association with MusiCounts — the charity of the Juno Awards — launches a contest to engage music classes across the country with Canadian music. It’s called The Canadian Music Class Challenge. You can sign up for the 2017 Challenge now.

There are three goals to this project:

  1. We want kids to learn Canadian music in the classroom.
  2. We want to draw attention to the exceptional work music teachers are doing with children across the country.
  3. We want to reinforce the importance of music in a well-rounded education.

So how do we do this? Each year we pre-approve a list of Canadian songs, then ask music teachers to pick one and teach their classes a cover version. It could be a note-for-note cover, or you can make it something completely your own. Once a class performance of the song has been recorded on video, it gets uploaded to CBC Music. We post it on our YouTube channel, and three judges choose six winners. Each winner will receive a classroom recording kit valued at $5,000.

Last year, we had more than 500 music classes enter from every province and territory in Canada, in four languages.

What do we mean by 'music class'?

We mean everything from music clubs to after-school music programs to traditional school board programs from elementary school (grades 1 to 6), junior high (grades 7 to 9) and high school (grades 10 to 12). We encourage teachers to enter the challenge no matter what the playing level of his or her class.

We want to help tell the story of your music class

Through CBC’s digital, radio and television platforms, we will showcase a variety of playing abilities and tell the stories of communities enriched by music.

Want some more info?

For full contest rules and regulations, click here.

To read the frequently asked questions, click here.

For further information contact

Register your class or classes now for the Canadian Music Challenge 2017

Here are the songs for the Canadian Music Class Challenge 2017

Canadian Music Class Challenge 2017: key dates

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