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Passion and pianos at author event

As a student at the University of Minnesota, Newell Hill knew he had a passion for kids and music.

So the enterprising young man started an after-school music program. That program led to the creation of Keys 4/4 Kids, a now multi-city non-profit organization that works to inspire young people to find confidence through the arts and mentorship.

Hill does what he loves and wants to inspire others to do the same, so he wrote Octaves of Success, 88 Keys to a Passion Centered Career. Hill will talk about his book at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Robert Trail Library.

As part of his Meet the Author presentation Hill will talk about Keys 4/4 Kids. The organization provides after-school arts programming. To pay for the programming, Keys 4/4 Kids restores old pianos and sells them.

In the beginning, Hill taught himself how to fix pianos by reading books. He started the whole adventure in his parents’ basement.

Years later, Keys 4/4 Kids continues to restore pianos. However, in addition to selling the pianos to raise funds, the organization also donates pianos to families who could not otherwise afford them.

Since starting the organization, it has grown to include locations in Chicago and Kansas City, Hill said

Hill wrote Octaves of Success, 88 Keys to a Passion-Centered Career because he wanted to encourage young people to think outside the box and pursue their passions.

“I want to challenge people to think about their careers and help them find things they enjoy,” said Hill.

Hill will speak about his book at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Robert Trail Library. Hill said he will talk about his story and read some excerpts from the book. Mostly, though, he hopes to inspire people to go after their passions.

To learn more about Newell Hill and his book, visit octavesofsuccess. com. The event is sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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