Play It Forward Featured in KGW’s Giving Tuesday Article

Play It Forward Featured in KGW’s Giving Tuesday Article … Another local nonprofit aimed at helping kids is Play It Forward. It’s an offshoot of musician Michael Allen Harrison’s Snowman Foundation. That nonprofit donates money to musical programs and gently used musical instruments to kids. “Music is a way out for many kids, it’s a way […]

Pianos Gifted By Play It Forward Change Lives

Pianos Gifted By Play It Forward Change Lives The gift of music can change a child’s life. That was the case for Sandra Gangle, 74, of Salem. “I was a lonely child, and I was somewhat troubled,” she said. “My parents had gone through a separation of their marriage when I was 7½ and there […]

Playtime to Phenomenal

Playtime to Phenomenal “Gus started playing on a toy Christmas piano when he was little, his parents soon noticed he had an ear for picking out a tune. Thanks to the gift of a new piano and lessons his progression has been phenomenal!” Gus is a 5th grade student at Kairos and very passionate about […]

Meet Zebbie


Meet Zebbie “Play It Forward made me realize that piano and instruments are amazing,” she says. “I love playing piano. I can play it for hours on end.” Zebbie, as everyone calls her, learned of PIF through an employee of her former middle school and signed up with the program more than a year ago. […]

Music and the Mind

Music Molds the Mind, Experts Say Instrument lessons accelerate brain’s development. Experts on music and learning say playing an instrument can be more than just fun, it might also be the key to unlocking a child’s mental and social potential. Numerous studies have concluded that playing the piano improves hand-eye coordination; helps children grasp mathematical […]