When I entered Grade 7, I had to chose an instrument to play for music class. I had no idea, none, zilch, nada. The closest I had ever come to being musical was singing in the show. Mrs. Weber had very high expectations but made learning how to read music and play an instrument a pleasant experience. Having been in a classroom for the last 18 years, I now know the important part that music plays in a child’s life.
Together with the CBC, Music Counts is looks for Canada’s best music class:
This fall, CBCMusic.ca and MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity associated with CARAS and The JUNO Awards, are on the hunt for Canada’s Greatest Music Class. The competition, which kicks off for one month on Monday, October 26 and runs through until Monday, November 30, will seek out students aged 13 – 17 in traditional music classes, music clubs and after-school programs across the country. The victor of Canada’s Greatest Music Class will receive an assembly concert performance by a yet-to-be-announced top tier Canadian music artist for the entire student body. To enter, applicants must submit a video of their class performing their version of an approved song as outlined in the guidelines available at CBCMusic.ca/musicclass.
At this time, the following eight songs can be submitted for consideration. Additional song options will be announced soon at CBCMusic.ca.
• “Leve Les Voiles” by Coeur de Pirate
• “Qui Sait” by Daniel Lavoie
• “Stompa” by Serena Ryder
• “Beautiful” by Carly Rae Jepsen feat. Justin Bieber
• “Crabbuckit” by k-os
• “Bow and Arrow” by Reuben and The Dark
• “Sonny’s Dream” by Ron Hynes
• “If I had $1,000,000” by Barenaked Ladies
A panel of musicians and CBCMusic.ca journalists will evaluate applications and the winning class will be announced on Radio 2 Morning with Tom Power on December 4. For more information on Canada’s Greatest Music Class, please visitcbcmusic.ca/musicclass.
Important Dates for Canada’s Greatest Music Class
Registration period: Beginning Thursday, October 1, 2015
Submission period: Beginning Monday, October 26 through to Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Judging period: Beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Winner announcement: Friday, December 4, 2015 on Radio 2 Morning with Tom Power
You can check out MusicCounts.ca
for more information. Good luck to all the budding musicians.