Back in October, CBC announced a contest searching for Canada’s Greatest Music Class. The contest was open to school music classes, clubs and after-school programs to submit video covers of their favourite Canadian music. Teachers and students were given a list of songs to choose from including the music of Feist, Serena Ryder, K-OS and The Barenaked Ladies, to name a few. After more than 250 entries, an Ottawa school won the title, but CBC couldn’t help but give a major shout out to their 20 favourite entries in a post on cbcmusic.ca this past Saturday. Included in that list was Kingston’s own Leahurst College, a relatively new private school located in the Woolen Mill in Kingston’s Inner Harbour.
Lead by music teacher Julie Mylks, the students of Leahurst created a video of themselves covering “Bow and Arrow” by Reuben and The Dark. The video does not only showcase of the wide-ranging musical talent of these students, but also a sort of mini documentary of the creating and recording process. Students ranging from grades 7-12 worked together with Mylks and physics teacher Robert Chatelain to create the arrangement, and history teacher, Michael Pitblado, who runs the school’s film club, created the video.
Through the process, students were given the opportunity to learn about music arranging, recording and, of course, working as a team to create something beautiful. Although the video did not win the ultimate title, we think it’s a pretty fantastic demonstration of some of the incredible musical talent of young students in Kingston. Be sure to have a look and listen. Way to go Leahurst!