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Why Volunteer?

Our volunteers are truly the heart of the HCMP. Without them, the HCMP would not be possible. The more volunteers we have, the greater the number of students we can reach, and the greater our positive impact on the community. 

Volunteers directly impact a child's life. They act as positive role models for the kids they teach. You can put your piano or guitar skills to good use, gain valuable teaching experience, and share your love of music by volunteering with us.

Who are we looking for? 

  • Volunteers who have the patience to work with children

  • Creative teachers that can come up with teaching methods to keep their students interested and motivated

  • Dedicated individuals who are able to commit to the program for at least one semester, preferably the whole year (September to April)

  • Positive role models who are punctual to lessons and communicative in the event that problems arise or changes are made

  • Minimum of RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) Grade 6 Piano or equivalent for the Piano program

  • For guitar, there will be an informal interview to assess your guitar abilities.

  • Teaching experience is an asset, but not required.

What'll you be doing?

Volunteers teach up to four students, for a total of one to one and a half hours per week.

  • Most lessons are taught after school (between 2:30-3:30pm), and some during the lunch hour (between 11:30am-1:00pm).

  • Our Saturday Program volunteers teach two students for 1 hour total (between 10-3pm) at the Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre every week. 

  • The total time commitment per week is 2-3 hours, including making lesson plans

  • You can use your own resources or check out our Volunteer Intranet for free teaching material and lesson plans


Volunteers can choose their teaching time to fit into their schedule. Lessons typically start in September and end in April, but you can continue to teach until the end of the K-12 school year if they so choose. 

Performance Troupe


  • Volunteer pianists with a minimum of Grade 10 RCM or equivalent

  • Volunteer guitarists can apply for a formal interview

  • Other interested parties can also apply for a formal interview

  • Learn a repertoire of popular music and well known classics for fun performances at corporate parties or other events

  • Commit to practicing enough to be able to play  pieces at a few weeks notice from memory

  • Commit to 3-5 performances per year

  • Commit to creating a dynamic group performance that provides not only excellent music but also crowd pleasing entertainment

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Join our team!

Read below to see what we're looking for in our volunteers and the time commitment that teaching involves. We're recruiting volunteers for the 2023/24 academic year. IIf you're interested, fill out this form

If you'd like to join our Performance Troupe, then email us directly.  

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