The Canadian Music Class Challenge is back! As of Nov. 24, the registration and submission period is officially closed. Top ten finalists in each category will be announced on Friday Dec. 8. Winners will be announced on Friday Dec. 15. Good luck!
Each September, CBC Music in association with MusiCounts launches this contest to engage music classes across the country. Our goals are three-fold: 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. Three judges choose six winners, who each receive a classroom recording kit and lots of exposure on the CBC.
Last year, more than 500 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. 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.
The deadline for video submissions was Nov. 24. Good luck, and have fun! Check out our 2017 video entries here.
If you have any questions, read through our FAQs, and please don't hesitate to contact me, Grant Lawrence (host and producer), at firstname.lastname@example.org.