Corpus Christi

“20 Years of Blues in the Schools”

What is Blues in the Schools?

The RBC Bluesfest Blues in the Schools program offers a unique and inspiring opportunity for students of all ages to draw on the energy and experience of award-winning musicians through presentation workshops and hands-on instructional techniques.

Program Goals

• Use music to promote acceptance and to provide this opportunity to students regardless of their race, gender, or ability to afford such a program

• To promote the use of music in other areas of education including art, history, geography and creative writing

• To develop core classes into performing groups and to showcase their talent and expose them to a larger audience

Program Specifics

• To provide a two-week residency in Ottawa-area schools

• Phase 1: Assembly-style Presentations

• Phase 2: Core Group Learning Sessions

• $900 fee (Financial assistance available on a case by case basis)

• Since its inception, Blues in the Schools has engaged tens of thousands of Ottawa-area students, from kindergarten through high school!

Corpus Christi Celebrates 20 years

Corpus Christi celebrated 20 years participating in the Blues in the Schools program this year! The school’s first coach, bluesman TJ Wheeler, returned 20 years later to help the celebrations with the East meets West core group featuring Flamenco guitarist James Cohen teaching palmas and dance.

“Twenty is Plenty”

20th Anniversary


Jeannie Wong: Since the Beginning

“The Corpus Christi Catholic School students have been honoured to participate, learn, and embrace Blues and Roots music for the past 20 years working with world class professional musicians and artists. The students learn about singing, rhythm, beat, harmony, playing instruments such as harmonicas, diddly bows, fiddles and washtub bass, and writing and performing songs for students, staff, family and friends at the school and on the amazing Bluesfest stages!”

Corpus Christi Core Group 2019


Blues in the School

Be In The Band

Celebrating Twenty Years of this fantastic learning partnership

between Corpus Christi and Bluesfest Ottawa!

Blues in the Schools - Google Slides