Every year for the past five years, CBC has invited schools from across the country to join in on the Canadian Music Class Challenge. Many schools from the Vancouver School District participated in the challenge this year, including Tillicum Annex Elementary, David Lloyd George Elementary, Dr. Annie Jamieson Elementary and Britannia Secondary.
At Tillicum Annex, over 100 students came together to perform a song called "Shine," with guidance from teachers and parent volunteers. "It was so much fun to sing as an entire school, and to know that all of Canada could see us," said a grade 3 student from Tillicum Annex.
Three schools from the Vancouver School District made it to the national top 10 finalists, which included David Lloyd George Elementary, Jamieson Elementary and Britannia Secondary. "I feel so fortunate to have a great music program at DLG," said Peter Woo, principal of David Lloyd George. "Our music teacher, Candace Fong, inspires and engages students through her great work and her passion shines through the students love of music," adds Woo.
The winners of the music challenge were recently announced on December 17, 2019. The District is thrilled to congratulate Jamieson Elementary on winning first place in two categories: Category 3: Elementary Instrumental (grades 4-6) and Category 5: Junior Instrumental (grades 7-10). In the grades 4-6 category, students performed a song called "I's the B'y." In the grades 7-10 category, students performed the song "Snowbird." Both performances were under the direction and guidance of their music teacher, James Colpitts. "It was fun to be part of something like this," said Kyle, a grade 6 student from Jamieson. "It was an exciting experience and that made me work hard," Kyle adds. The first-place prizes in both categories were two plaques and two $3,000 cash prizes that will be put towards new musical instruments for Jamieson.
"Creating a video to submit to the CBC Music Class Challenge was a source of great pride and excitement for both the students of Jamieson and for the wider school community," said Colpitts. "I enjoy seeing how focussed the students are when we go through the rehearsal and recording process, adds Colpitts." Read more about Jamieson's winning performances from CBC here.
About CBC's Canadian Music Challenge
The challenge requires music instructors in Canada to teach their students a song, produce a video of the performance, and send it in for publication. An estimated 50,000 students from close to 1,200 music classes signed up for the challenge from every province and territory to learn and perform their best version of a Canadian song on every instrument imaginable.
The Vancouver School District wishes a huge congratulations to all of the musicians, teachers and volunteers that participated in the competition.
With this challenge being an annual occurrence during the holiday season, it is truly a gift to witness the benefits of music education in the classroom, hear famous Canadian songs played by talented students, and shine a light on the amazing work that teachers and educators are doing across the country.