Business Wire Gives Back: Teaching Piano to Share Love for the Arts

by Amy Yen, Marketing Specialist, Business Wire Los Angeles

Marketing Specialist Amy Yen teaches piano to Lourdes Mack for CoachArt

For the past 18 months, I’ve been volunteering with CoachArt, a Los Angeles based organization that improves the quality of life for children and adolescents with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by providing free, personal lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt students are matched with a volunteer coach and receive private lessons one hour a week for ten weeks at a time. Lessons can include art, cooking, dance, music and athletics, depending on the student’s interests.

I’ve taught computer graphics and art in the past, but for our 50th Anniversary BW Gives Back program, I’m teaching piano to eight-year-old Lourdes Mack from Culver City. It’s been a challenge since I haven’t played piano in years. In fact, my parents sold our piano when I left for college. CoachArt is loaning Lourdes a keyboard for the duration of the sessions, and I’ve been using a piano app on my iPad to prep for our lessons.

So far, we’ve been learning a mixture of classics like “Ode to Joy” and Disney favorites like “Someday My Prince Will Come.” It’s been a joy teaching Lourdes, whose positive attitude is an inspiration. I was lucky to have seven years of piano lessons growing up and am happy to share a little of what I learned, especially with a student as deserving and eager as Lourdes.

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, Business Wire is giving back by providing each of its 500+ employees up to 12 hours of paid time off in 2011 to volunteer with the nonprofit of their choice. Read more about what BW employees are doing to give back.

Read more about CoachArt and check out Lourdes’s blog.

3 Responses to Business Wire Gives Back: Teaching Piano to Share Love for the Arts

  1. DNN says:

    To give back and be of service to others in helping them move forward will keep anyone blessed. DrewryNewsNetwork respectfully commends the admirable things BusinessWire does for others, as well as your informative posts. Keep up the good work [BusinessWire] and look forward to reading more educational posts from you =)

    http://www.DrewryNewsNetwork.com

  2. Alice says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing your CoachArt experience, Amy. The time and talent of volunteers like you really help make our organization what it is and it’s so greatly appreciated!

    Cordially,
    Alice
    Communications & Social Media Mngr.
    CoachArt.org

    • Amy Yen says:

      Thanks for the comment, Alice! I’ve truly enjoyed my time teaching Lourdes & am looking forward to continuing to volunteer with CoachArt. :)
      -Amy

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