Over the last school year two students from St. Anthony’s school in Kincardine competed for the YVIP Coding and Music competition. Both students made it to the finals however didn’t make it through the final round.
Their music teacher, Turner Ruetz, helped them through every step of the competition and deservingly came out of the contest as winner for Canadian Teacher. This winner is awarded $1,000 for their above and beyond teaching to at least ten students.
“I signed up for some YVIP Zoom Training sessions to learn more about the program and competition,” said Ruetz. “I decided to try and do the program with students grades 4-8 in the school that I teach music at (about 200 students). I followed the program leading students in conversation about racial equality and how music can be a means of giving people a voice and power to express themselves.”
Ruetz then taught students how to use the program Earsketch to create music through code. Depending on the class, he would see them either once or twice a week.
“This unit of study took many weeks to work through,” he explained. “My typical programming for the year would have certainly involved instrumental music and practical performance so this program couldn’t have come at a better time allowing students to create music with their Chromebooks.”