Sherwood Park, AB. — Grade 6 students from Wye Elementary are among a select few shortlisted for this year’s Canadian Music Class Challenge, an annual music education award organized by CBC Music. “We’re just thrilled with the news,” says Monique Boyer, the music teacher at Wye Elementary who also holds a PhD in education. “They’ve all worked so hard, and I’m so proud of them.”

One of Boyer’s Grade 6 music class was selected as one of the Top 10 for the Elementary Instrumental category. An impressive feat, considering more than 15,000 students and 1,000 classes from across the country submitted a song recording for the contest.

After first hearing about the contest in October, Boyer set to writing a recorder arrangement of Raffi’s Must Be Santa—one of the contest’s pre-approved Canadian songs. “They only had two weeks to learn the song before we submitted the recording,” says Boyer. “Some of the students even took on the challenge of learning a new instrument, since the arrangement called for alto recorders—something we don’t practice in class.”

This morning, two weeks after submitting the recording, the students found out the good news. “They all let out a big cheer that I think the whole school could hear,” says Boyer. “They were so excited to hear the good news.”

The contest wraps up on December 18. At that time, CBC Music will announce the winner for each category—seven in total. The winning classes will receive $5,000 worth of musical instruments for their classroom.

Congratulations to Monique Boyer and the entire Grade 6 Class, and good luck next week!

Wye Elementary serves approximately 400 students in kindergarten to Grade 6 and is one of 43 schools within Elk Island Public Schools. More information about the school is available at  




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