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Local volunteers teach children piano

Submitted by: Catherine Folstad
Heart of the City Piano Program co-ordinator

I knew there was something special about the Heart of the City Piano Program when I started volunteering last fall.  Not many people have heard about it, but there is a committed group of volunteers going to core community schools every week to give piano lessons to children who would otherwise not have that opportunity.

I volunteered at Coronation Park School for one hour each week during the school year and had three wonderful students who cherished the opportunity they were given.  In addition to piano lessons, students perform in two recitals and at a music festival.

I must admit, I was a bit intimidated when I started volunteering.  I am only at a Grade 6 piano level and don’t have much experience teaching the piano. However, I quickly became comfortable in my new role and realized that it isn’t just about the piano – it is about being a mentor and breaking down barriers.    When children realize they are capable of creating music, the whole world opens up to them.  They realize that they can be part of the beauty around them and that they are more than capable of accomplishing whatever they set their minds to.

Now I am the Program Coordinator.  I would like to extend an invitation to all potential volunteers or interested individuals to come to our Volunteer Kick-Off / Info Session on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Riddell Centre in Room 175 at 2pm.  This is an opportunity to learn more about our program and ask questions.  Dr. ChristineVanderkooy, the piano professor at the University of Regina, will be presenting a short workshop on teaching the piano.  This is a great way to get some teaching tips for the fall!

Volunteer Kick-Off / Info Session
Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.
Riddell Centre, Room 175

For more information, please email me at

Hope to see you there!

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