Due to the continuing world-wide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Student Competition is being further rescheduled. The deadlines are given below.
All queries related to the competition should be directed to: showcompetitionabcdsound2020.org
An International Competition for students of Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools from all over the world
The competition is structured in two categories:
Competition for students of Primary and Middle Schools (approximately from 5 to 12 years old);
Students are asked to produce hand-made drawings, pictures, patchworks, collages and similar, related to their world of sounds, inspired by the the motto of IYS2020 “Importance of Sound for Society and the World” and, possibly, by melody and refrain of the song “The Sound Of The World”.
Competition for students of Secondary Schools (approximately from 13 to 18 years old).
Students are asked to write a stanza of 4 verses (lines) in mother tongue and/or in English, inspired by the melody and the refrain of the song “The Sound Of The World” as well as by the motto of IYS2020 “Importance of Sound for Society and the World”.
Entries can be submitted by individual students or by groups of students. Groups can be from within a class or a whole class.
You can find the competition and submission details in the following link: IYS-2020_Competition-Regulations [November 2020]. If you would like the banner (shown to the right), you can download it from this link: Poster_IYS2020 (4.5 MB).
Participants must send items to the IYS2020 National Representative by 30 April 2021
Each IYS2020 National Representative selects their three finalists, awarded as National winners, and send their items to
the ICA IYS2020 Steering Committee (Competition Coordinator Office) by 31 May 2021
Evaluation from Expert Jury and Web Jury will take place from 1 June 2021 to 15 July 2021
Winners and awarded items will be announced by 15 September 2021
The song “The Sound Of The World” is now available, below. These are the final professional versions.
The Sound Of The World (GUIDE) – final.mp3 This file is a professional version of the song in which the refrain and an example of stanza are played and sung by a band.
The Sound Of The World (End of Stanzas and Refrain) – final.mp3
This file is a professional version of the song in which the refrain and the final verse of the stanzas (“…the sound of the world”) are played and sung by a band.
The Sound Of The World (Minus Voice) – final.mp3
This file is the original version for singing stanzas and refrain. There is no melodic line of lyrics, only background music: The vocals written by students can be added to this track.
The following documents contain music, lyrics and chords of the refrain and of a stanza that has been written as an example for students to guide them in writing their stanzas.
The Sound Of The World – final.pdf
The music sheet in this file represents notes, chords and text of the refrain on the pentagram, so students and teachers can play it.
The Sound Of The World – LYRICS AND CHORDS – final.pdf
This “tablature” version (just lyrics and chords, without solo notes) may be useful for those that want to accompany playing guitar, without knowing how to read the pentagram.
This Student Competition is being sponsored by the HEAD-Genuit Foundation.