'Music & More' Music Appreciation Classes are especially designed to be a better fit for the aging adult population as well as adults with special needs in a capacity that still maintains fun and engaging musical activities for all students involved. These classes are similar in structure to Music Moose Classes--they just have a few adaptations that make 'Music & More' classes appeal to a different adult population to help stimulate the most positive musical and educational experience for each student--be it offered in a nursing home or other geriatric facility or an agency for those with special needs!
Class Duration: 30 or 45 minute class sessions available
Cost: Same or similar pricing to 'Music Moose' Classes. Please contact Tiffany for details!
'Music & More' Music Appreciation Classes expand upon Music Moose in such a way that makes available the wonderful inherent benefits of expressing oneself through music and its education to different adult populations. For example, in class we do:
*Stretching and Deep Breathing (as used in yoga and vocalizing) to music which promotes relaxation and flexibility of muscles
*Simple vocal warm-ups for the group that help utilize and strengthen vocal muscle/tissue as used in both speaking and singing--very good for the aging population as these muscles tend to wane over the years and encouraging them to not only have, but strengthen their voices is very healthy and mentally and emotionally empowering
*Vocalizing as a group to songs of their choosing to connect them to their memories and themselves in such a way that is positive and promotes reminiscence as well as self expression and exercises the voice
*Make Music Through Learning--Learn and apply a different music concept each class with a variety of different fun instruments and creative activities. Using interesting visual, auditory and kinesthetic musical games and activities (note bowling anyone?) that are not only fun, but stimulate the brain as well with learning new basic concepts
*Playing lots of different instruments with music of their choosing and/or classical music to help connect aging adults to their memories, but also introduce different music for their enrichment as well as reinforce the motor movement of keeping a steady beat and encouraging individual self-expression
*Composing rhythm patterns and playing these patterns with instruments together--Excellent for hand-eye coordination, we design and perform different note/rest patterns with maracas. This fosters a kind of connectedness to others in a group/social setting by playing in rhythm all together and also aids in fine and gross motor movement (this can be adapted as well for those who may be visually impaired)
*Explore a Composer--We learn about a composer via puppet show or composer fun fact presentation (you may choose either activity--whichever one your aging population would most enjoy)
*Music Listening Activity--We usually end class with this activity. It can be done with movement or art or simply listening. We can use scarves or hand-outs that encourage students to express themselves with drawing/writing while the music is playing. Students can also elect to simply listen and then discuss what the music piece brought to mind or memories about the piece of music or its time period. All of these activities are excellent for not only reminiscence, but exercising and stimulating different areas of the brain and better connecting each aging adult to his or her 'self.'
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the instructor, Tiffany Dunyon, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 785.304.0399. Thank you!