Feel the Music! Creative Aging

Feel the Music! Creative Aging engages and inspires older adults in the creative process of making music through singing, percussion and songwriting workshops. Culminating in public concerts, seniors perform alongside professional musicians, sharing their talents with friends, family & the community.

Feel the Music! Creative Aging provides:

– High quality music instruction
– Opportunities for creative self-expression
– Active participation making music

Recent research shows that participating in arts activities leads to measurable health benefits to elders of all ages, helping elders to live better and healthier lives.

Therefore, whether learning to strengthen voices & sing in a group; actively engaging bodies & minds through rhythm and drumming; or tapping into memories, emotions, & life stories through songwriting – our popular hands-on music workshops for elders foster artistic skills, build community, combat feelings of isolation, and dynamically engage a varied, vast & creative population of older adults throughout NYC.

Who/Where:

Feel the Music! Creative Aging workshops are held at:

  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at St. Peter’s Church
  • VISIONS Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Project FIND Hamilton House Senior Center

“This drumming class is an exhilarating experience for members, and brings an amazing energy every time they do a concert.

“The singing class has a great sense of community where everyone, regardless of previous singing experience, can take part and enjoy… just the right balance of being challenging, but at the same time comfortable for seniors.” -Vineeta Chopra, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Director

 Testimonials:

“Feel the Music! helps us to express our best selves”

“Feel the Music! makes me smile with my heart” 

“I leave everything behind when I come to drumming”

” I feel like part of something important, like I’m valued for my skills and being challenged”

“This is my first time performing, and I will keep doing it”

“Our teacher knows how to work with each of us to make us feel great and rise to our best
”

“Electricity goes through my body when I hit that drum”

“Feel the Music! allowed me to tell my story”

For more stories, click here.

Research/Benefits:

For more information on creative aging and the benefits of music and arts participation for older adults, click HERE.

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