Grade 10 Music Students Compose Song about Climate Change

During the month of November, the Grade 10 Instrumental Music class embarked on a journey to spread awareness about climate change by using music as a vehicle for social change. In this project, students composed an original piece of music that represents their views and feelings toward the impact that climate change is having on our planet.
According to Carter Saley '26, the group chose climate change because it was the topic that as a group they felt the most connected with and believed they could make the biggest change by bringing more awareness to it.

“Music has the power to make people feel various emotions which can push them to make change for the world and make the world a better place,” explained Aidan Quast '26.

Carter’s favourite part about the piece is the final few bars where they use a specific chord progression that makes the listener feel a bit uncertain or uneasy. Then right at the end, they convey a bit of hope. “I feel like that's how we're feeling about climate change. We're uncertain, we don't know what the future's going to look like ... but we're hopeful that if we do the right things, we can fix this.”

Watch this video to hear their thoughtful perspectives on climate change and what the experience of writing this song meant to them.

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CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land.  CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.

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Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.