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.
Jamieson Elementary is honored to have won 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 our music teacher, James Colpitts. 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.
Videos of Jamieson's winning performances can be seen here and 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.
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.