Nanaimo music educator for Music for Young Children

Nanaimo music educator for Music for Young Children

Piano students raise money

Nanaimo music students raising money for BC Children's Hospital.

A group Nanaimo music students will be playing the piano for a good cause this week.

Local music teacher Melissa Hill and her music students, who are part of a Canadian-wide music education program called Music for Young Children, will be raising money for the B.C. Children’s Hospital this week as part of a campaign they’ve called Practice Makes Cents.

Hill’s students, who are between the ages of three and nine, are registering  people who will then donate money for every minute of piano they practice.“We’re going to be clocking their piano practice time minutes,” Hill said.

The Nanaimo students will be raising money alongside students enrolled at other Music for Young Children education centers across the province.

The entire Music for Young Children organization is hoping to raise $10,000 for B.C. Children’s Hospital.

In order to generate awareness about the campaign, Hill’s students have created shirts with the slogan “Kids Helping Kids.”

“Rather than raise money for Music for Young Children or anything like that we decided that we wanted to do this Kids Helping Kids incentive,” Hill said.

To donate and for more information about the campaign please visit, or you can contact @npescod on Twitter