Canadian Music Class Challenge

Canadian Music Class Challenge 2022: national top 10s revealed

Check out the best national finalists from this year's entries.

Check out the best national finalists from this year's entries

The kids at Glenwood Elementary in Burnaby, B.C., have made it into the national top 10s of the 2022 Canadian Music Class Challenge. (Glenwood Elementary)

The Canadian Music Class Challenge is CBC Music's salute to music education in this country. In association with MusiCounts, every year we invite music instructors to teach their students a Canadian song from our pre-approved list.

This year, hundreds of teachers and thousands of students from coast to coast to coast signed up to learn and perform their best version of a Canadian song on every instrument imaginable. You can imagine how challenging it was for us choose the top finalists in each category this year.

Our judges now have the difficult task of choosing the winning classes in each category. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Until then, enjoy the work from our 2022 top 10s — our national finalists — with some honourable mentions, and congratulations to all the classes that made it, and thank you to all the teachers, musicians and schools that have taken part in the 2022 Canadian Music Class Challenge.

(Please note: Categories 1-8 are public schools, while Category 9 is for community/independent/private schools.)


Category 1: Primary Instrumental (kindergarten to Grade 3)

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists:

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 2: Primary Vocal (kindergarten to Grade 3) 

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists:

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 3: Elementary Instrumental (grades 4-6)

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists:

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 4: Elementary Vocal (grades 4-6)

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists:

Honorable Mention:

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 5: Junior Instrumental (grades 7-10)

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists:

Honorable mention:

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 6: Junior Vocal (grades 7-10)

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists:

Honorable mentions

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 7: Senior Instrumental (grades 11-12)

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists:

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 8: Senior Vocal (grades 11-12) 

First prize: $3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.
Second prize: plaque.
Third prize: plaque.

Finalists: 

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 9: Community/Independent/Private School Class 

First prize: $1,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.

Finalists:

Honorable mentions

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 10: Indigenous Languages Prize (favourite performance of 'Nikamo' by Burnstick)

First prize: $1,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.

Finalists:

Enjoy the videos below!


Category 11: MusiCounts Passion Prize (most spirited, fun and passionate performance)

First prize: $5,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque.

Finalists:

Enjoy the videos below!

Good luck to all of these amazing music classes, and to all the others who registered and participated! The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Dec 14.

Questions? Please email us: musicclass@cbc.ca.

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