As of Tuesday Nov. 27 at 11:59pm ET, the registration and submission period for the 2018 Canadian Music Class Challenge has officially closed. The Top Tens in each of our seven categories will be announced on Tuesday Dec. 11. Winners will be announced on Dec. 18. Seven talented classes will win these prizes.
Every fall season, CBC Music and MusiCounts — the charity of the Juno Awards — launch this contest to engage music classes across the country. Our goals are threefold: first, we want kids to learn Canadian music in the classroom; second, we want to draw attention to the exceptional work of music teachers in this country; and finally, we want to reinforce the importance of music in a well-rounded education.
So how does the Canadian Music Class Challenge work? Each year we pre-approve a list of Canadian songs. We ask music teachers to pick one and have their class learn a cover version. Once a class performance of the song has been captured on video, it gets uploaded to CBCMusic.ca. We post it on our YouTube channel. Our judges choose the winners, who each get $5,000 in new music equipment, a winning plaque, and lots of exposure on CBC. Check out our prizes here.
This year, over one thousand music classes entered from every province and territory in Canada. And by "music class" we mean music clubs, after-school music programs and traditional school-board programs. We encourage teachers to enter the challenge no matter what the playing level of their class is. 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.
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