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#CharacterDay2016 Come sing, talk, and compose with us! 

Yes, we are mere days away. Come alone or with friends and or family. Bring your open mind, your sense of humor, and the voice you have. Music Rocks, Rolls, and reaches. 

When: 9/22/16 4:30pm

Where: Downtown Spokane Public Library/906 W Main

Who: Any and Every- young children are welcome with a supervising adult

Why: Joy, Community, Personal Inquiry 

Join us for #Character-Day September 22, 2016

Character Day is coming, and you are cordially invited to observe it with the Around the Piano team.  We will be hosting a musical event with discussion and song-writing at the fabulous Downtown Spokane Public Library.  We will start our gathering at 4:30pm and finish around 6:00pm.

Feel free to come by yourself or with a couple of friends.  Even better, bring your whole family. Young children are welcome with a supervising adult.

Focus for our time together this year will include:

  1. Using music for self expression, education, motivation and understanding
  2. Developing a personal code of character
  3. Improving  experiences by paying attention to positives

I look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016  4:30-6:00pm

Downtown Public Library, 906 West Main Avenue, Spokane

 

New Item! Around the Piano Supplement #2 “It’s Alright to Breathe” $13 includes shipping and handling

IT’S ALRIGHT TO BREATHE is a new, original song by singer-songwriter, Frankie Valinda Ghee.  This song is about taking a moment to breathe when life gets intense. When, instead of rushing to judgement or even violence, we allow a meditative moment to assess our circumstances and appreciate each of life’s experiences, we take an important step toward developing a personal understanding of integrity.  This can lead to improved relationships and a better social climate.  Change can be a wonderful goal, but personal growth is more likely to take place in a quiet space.

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Around the Piano supplements are individual songs and lessons created  with the same goals as the ten original Around the Piano songs: getting young people singing, writing and talking about issues related to integrity and character.

Like all ATP songs, the supplements can be taught quickly. The easy piano parts are optional and  can be embellished or simplified to match your piano skills.

While we recommend starting with the full ATP workbook and adding the supplements as they become available, you will get everything you need to get started with your purchase.  You even have access to our team for ideas and examples.  We will email you a demonstration audio file when we send out your supplemental workbook.

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#National-Forum-on-Character-Education #Character.org This Fall in D.C.!

On October 14-15, Character.org is hosting the National Forum on Character Education in Washington, D.C.   Join team  AROUND THE PIANO (founding member of The Character Consortium) in discussing how we can inspire civic responsibility and leadership within our communities, but especially within classrooms.   You won’t want to miss this opportunity to interact with noted educators and researchers like Michele Borba, Bob Woodson and Cathryn Berger Kaye.
Register Today!  Character.org

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New Item! Around the Piano Supplement #1 “I Think I Understand” $13 includes shipping and handling

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I THINK I UNDERSTAND is a new song about forgiveness. Sometimes, when we are hurt by the actions of others, it is beneficial to let go and choose to be forgiving instead of holding out for an apology or planning payback that can escalate the hard feelings.

Around the Piano supplements are individual songs and lessons created  with the same goals as the ten original Around the Piano songs: getting young people singing, writing and talking about issues related to integrity and character.

Like all ATP songs, the supplements can be taught quickly. The easy piano parts are optional and  can be embellished or simplified to match your piano skills.

While we recommend starting with the full ATP workbook and adding the supplements as they become available, you will get everything you need to get started with your purchase.  You even have access to our team for ideas and examples.  We will email you a demonstration audio file when we send out your supplemental workbook.

 

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Awesome Opportunity for Educators!

Join the AROUND THE PIANO team at the National Forum on Character Education. Set for October 14 – 15, 2016 in Washington DC, the Forum brings together more than 800 educators, administrators and thought-leaders for two full days of inspiring keynotes, and more than 50 custom-tailored breakout sessions to give passionate educators the tools they need to implement character education in their school. Register Today!

Around the Piano and #summer time

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Around the Piano can be a great way to bring your family together this summer. Sing character building songs on family night, around the camfire or during a thunder storm. Use the Around the Piano lessons to jump start a dialgue about how your family made it through the school year with integrity. Teach your adolescents to use Around the Piano songs like “I’m Gonna Use Music” and “Travelin Song” as reminders when future challenges arise to help them stay centered and emtionally strong during the upcoming school year.

MUSIC ROCKS.  MUSIC ROLLS.  MUSIC REACHES!

Have a wonderful Summer Vacation!

Frankie Valinda Ghee

Music brings families together

Check out AROUND THE PIANO an excellent resource for classrooms, afterschool activities, clubs and other places young people gather!

ABOUT AROUND THE PIANO

 

FRANKIE

Frankie Valinda Ghee

 

The study and practice of music is incredibly important as a way for people of all ages to develop creative thinking skills, build self-confidence, learn goal setting, and enhance discipline.

However, sometimes singing needs to be less structured…more about freedom and fun than about skill and technique.  Singing can be a way for a group of people to share an emotional idea or proclaim a shared truth.  This type singing is about community, and every voice no matter how big, small, steady or wavering is valued.

The piano in AROUND THE PIANO might be an actual piano, but it doesn’t need to be.  All that’s needed is a safe, relaxed place to gather.  “Around the piano” singing should feel like singing around the campfire or around the coffee table on family night.  If the music comes out with passion and joy (even if without precision), all will be groovy.

AROUND THE PIANO helps young people feel safe within the song and provides opportunity and space for singers to experiment and explore their own vocal instruments.

Once you’ve gathered your group, you can sing and talk about anything, things that are going on in schools, classrooms, and homes as well as situations in local and national news.

The lyrics of the AROUND THE PIANO songs are specifically tailored to give voice to the values and concerns of young people.  Encouraging students to create their own verses strengthens the experience and nurtures a culture of team ownership and acceptance.

At AROUND THE PIANO, we have made it our goal to bring music and good character together in a way that’s fun and easy. With your purchase, you receive the ten song booklet which includes lyrics and sheet music along with teaching tips and lesson suggestions. You also get a demonstration audio cd as well as access to support from our team.

We look forward to hearing from you.

FVG