Students at Music Works Academy began 2013 with a new addition to the studio: Penny the Practice Pig. As an incentive to practice hard for MWA’s annual Spring Fling in March, students received one penny for every measure in a completed piece. All pennies went into Penny the Practice Pig.

“Penny” was stuffed fairly quickly and when emptied the count was a little under 7,500 pennies. Additional collection boxes were counted by music lab monitors on a daily basis, holding up to $2,500 pennies each. The pennies continued to be collected through March 1, and then were placed in plastic bags in $50 increments, or $5,000 pennies each, and taken to Chase Bank to be converted to cash. Proceeds were to be donated to the Arizona Humane Society.

Music Works offers lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin and brass. For more information, visit our website at, contact the studio at 602-264-5188, or e-mail


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