Montréal Heart of the City Piano Program provides at-risk children, within the Montréal community, the opportunity to take piano lessons which may otherwise not be possible due to financial barriers. MHCPP’s goal is to expose at-risk children to a variety of musical styles and to help them develop an appreciation for music, in order to empower children to make positive lifestyle choices by increasing their self-esteem and developing discipline. Our program strives not only to provide the children with a musical appreciation and skill, but also to demonstrate to these children what they can accomplish with practice and dedication.
Through weekly interactions, MHCPP hopes to foster the development of a mentor-type relationship between at-risk children and volunteers (teachers). In addition volunteers/teachers are given the opportunity to get involved in the community and consequently gain social awareness.