One day in the car, Grace and I came up with the rainbow after the rain idea and some basic words to a song, and then Kyle took it from there. This is what her song looked like when it was submitted to the contest.
Her song was sent to MYC in Canada where she competed with other students from the United States in her level class (called Sunshine II). Overall, 9,500 students from 8 countries submitted pieces. They were put into groups based on regions and the level of students. The regional 1st place winner for each group was then judged internationally. The judges spent weeks playing the music submitted by children from around the globe.
We were AMAZED to find out that Grace's piece won 4th place in her level and region! She (and Kyle) did a fantastic job together. (I looked up the international winners for Grace's class level and her song wasn't that different. Mostly they were longer and a little more complicated.)
A friend who is a music teacher posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago:
The same can be said for why children should study music. Admittedly, some days it is a struggle to get her to practice, but, overall, I know Grace is getting so much out of it.