Community Programs

Community-programs

Remember When Along with Me is a participatory musical experience for older adults in senior centers and assisted living settings. Accompanying myself on piano, guitar and autoharp, I gently guide my audience to sing, listen or play along on hand-held instruments as we navigate a repertoire of songs from the 30’s and 40’s, World War II songs, patriotic songs, Broadway tunes, traditional folksongs and more. Often, audience members who have been listless sit up straighter, a light in their eyes, as they¬† recall and sing along on every verse of a song they loved half a lifetime ago.

In the winter of 2013, I piloted an intergenerational music class series in which very young children, along with a parent, visited a senior living facility for shared music making. The arrival of the toddlers brought smiles each Tuesday morning, especially when one of the three year olds distributed maraccas to the “extra grammas and grandpas” assembled in the circle. We sang everything from “Sidewalks of New York” to “Mama’s takin’ us to the zoo tomorrow…”

Plans for more intergenerational programs are in the pipeline. Providing a way for young and old to create meaningful connections through music is a gift to all of us.