04/27/11 Studies show that older adults find music lessons are a great way to stay mentally active, therapeutic, and help with critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, team work and confidence. For that reason Miller’s Senior Living Community has teamed with professional musician Liza Woolever to offer music lessons to seniors.
Beginning Wednesday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. Woolever will be teaching recorder lessons in the Recreation Center. Woolever is a master musician of many different instruments and often teaches beginners on the recorder. Many remember the recorder as the instrument they started lessons on in fifth grade and then decide if they wanted to go on to junior high band. Adults often laugh about the recorder being a “real” instrument.
It is a real instrument however and goes back in history and was very popular in medieval and baroque eras. Today there are recorder orchestras around the world with all voices from soprano to bass covered. Recorders can range in price from the student models of approximately ten dollars all the way up to hundreds of dollars for recorders made from different types of rare woods.
Woolever who has taught music for many years promises to cover the lessons at a relaxed pace for all to be able to enjoy the time together and follow along. Fro class each student will need a soprano recorder that can be purchased at Wagoner’s Music Store in Plymouth. She also asks that each student bring a cassette tape recorder, a blank tape and a music stand. Do not let the last three items keep you from coming to class. The class fee is $10.00 per class session.
Those interested in taking beginner recorder lessons should call Miller’s Senior Living Community at 574-936-9801 and reserve their spot in class. Class size is limited. Do not hesitate to sign up.
Photo: Mae Mikesell looks over the music while her friends Dale Bules, Claire Amor, Audrey Franklin and Carol Rogers try out different types of recorder