Teacher Jennifer McGregor and some of her students who participated in a fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital.

Local musicians raise money for BC Children’s Hospital

Piano students bring in $764 for provincial Music for Young Children fundraiser

Students in Jennifer McGregor’s piano classes spent the month of March raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital.

Through a fundraiser tied to their practice time, students in the Music for Young Children organization (MYC) in Harrison Hot Springs, raised $764 for the hospital.

Some students raised money by pledges for each minute they practiced during the fundraiser. Other sponsors gave one-time donations.

“The idea was, the more they practiced, the more they could raise,” explains McGregor.

Several students told McGregor that with the increased practice time, they have noticed their playing has improved too which, of course, is music to any music teacher’s ears.

Of McGregor’s 21 students, 17 participated in the fundraiser.

“I’m really proud of how enthusiastic they’ve been,” says McGregor. “They’re worked really hard.”

The local branch of MYC did the fundraiser along with branches all across B.C., to celebrate MYC’s 35th anniversary. MYC is a music education program that provides students with instruction in piano, theory, ear training, rhythm ensembles and composition.

Across B.C., MYC far surpassed their original goal of $10,000. So far, they have raised more than $20,000. Online donations can be made until the end of April. Please visit the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Community Events page (http://www.bcchf.ca/events/community-events) and click on “MYC students Practice Makes Cents,” to donate, or phone Cadenza Music Studio at (604) 491-5584 for more information.