Listening to music can lift our spirits! Making music can be an outlet for fun, emotional release, and concentration! Research supports that making music with trained musical professionals can also provide important health outcomes. The Music School has a wide continuum of resources in health and wellness, from our expressive arts therapists to the specialized training of our studio faculty.

Music can help in many areas of life, including mental focus and clarity, vocal health for speaking and singing, stress reduction, and caregiving for loved ones with memory loss. The Music School offers special sessions on topics in Music as a Healing Art, such as Vibrant Voice, techniques for regaining speech after a stroke, or songwriting as an expressive healing technique.

Movement and Song for Mobility 

For anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, or other motor disorders, the curriculum is designed to help increase strength and flexibility, and to regulate balance and gait. Participants will experience moments of joy and socialization through movement and song.

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Movement and Song for Memory

Designed for caregivers and those experiencing memory loss, Alzheimer’s, or dementia, this supportive and engaging group is designed to enhance memory and recognition through song and movement.
Accessibility: The Music School has a ramp for access through the Fayette Street parking lot and the group meets on the same level. These groups are for all abilities and we will support those adults in wheelchairs, with walking assistance, or full physical mobility.
FACULTY: Heather Oberheim, R-DMT is a dance movement therapist that uses songs and props to engage the group in fun memory making and memory enhancing activities. The goals for this group are to enhance quality of life, stimulate neurological connection, work with speech and language through song, increase sensory processing, lower stress levels, provide a space for joy and happiness, reduce body stiffness and increase range of movement, and to provide a safe place to express emotions.
Heather Oberheim leads a Creative Aging class