AIM HIGH!

photo by Sergev Pesterev
Follow Ruthanna's blog 
as she makes her trek to the summit of 
Mount Kilimanjaro 
and support SongShine!

September 16 - 26, 2019
          
Click here for more details
   

 photo by Sergev Pesterev
    
  Joe Smith, morning co-anchor of NBC Palm Springs did a fabulous interview with Ruthanna that aired on his   
  show. Click here to watch the video.

  Eye on the Desert did a feature segment on Ruthanna's trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 
  Click here to watch the video.    
               

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!
SongShine Holiday Benefit Luncheon
November 16, 2019
  
                     



Boutique opens at 10:00am
Lunch Served at 12:30pm
  
Mission Hills Westin
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA
Oasis Ballroom

Click here for more details and to purchase tickets




 

See for yourself! 

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"We are forever grateful for this program."
Cherie Young, caregiver to Steve Young
Cathedral City, California
Click here to view a video testimonial by Cherie and Steve, 
including an inspiring audio clip of Steve 
before and after his participation in the SongShine program.

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KMIR - NBC FEATURES SONGSHINE IN ACTION! 
Watch the video of the SongShine Flagship class in Palm Springs / Coachella Valley by clicking here!

Check out great photos of the action on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/SongShineFoundation


      

Strengthening Voices. Inspiring Possibility.

WHERE VOICES COME TO LIFE

Welcome to SongShine, vocal music and creative drama-based classes designed for those who have communication issues due to Parkinson's, stroke, other neurological challenges, or aging. Our goal is to help you communicate more easily and clearly. SongShine harnesses the power of brain, breath, and emotion to reclaim voices. It creates community, camaraderie, and confidence...AND IT'S FUN!

SongShine is not intended to replace scientifically-based traditional medicine, regular visits to your primary care physician, your otolaryngologist, neurologist, or your speech therapist. We are not speech therapy, we are not music therapy, and we are not drama therapy. We are SongShine: an integrative vocal arts program.

A Program that is Both Heart and Science.

SongShine is designed around the leading edge science of neuroplasticity – the human brain’s ability to reorganize itself and change by simulating alternative brain pathways from the creative right side of the brain. Think of it as heart and science.

SongShine combines elements from two art forms: vocal arts and dramatic arts. These art forms harness the power of brain, breath, and emotion for the purpose of building voices. SongShine's singing techniques are based on Dr. Metzgar's use of the Bel canto methods of Matilda Marchesi and Estelle Liebling which include diaphragmatic / costal breathing, a free, natural, well-focused tone, relaxed jaw, body awareness, and additional methods learned from excellent voice teachers and the University of Michigan and the University of Washington. Peter Harris, twenty-year professional actor, has full understanding of the beauty and power of the spoken voice, breath, diction, articulation, tongue exercises, body awareness, emotional engagement, role play, spontaneity, creative imagination, story building, and more, learned from his years of study at the Julliard School - Drama Division - and as a student of Edith Skinner, and whose textbook, Speak with Distinction, continues to guide our work. Other techniques are taken from Kristin Linklatter's work, Freeing the Natural Voice. Additionally, the work of Shelly Carson, Ph.D., author of Your Creative Brain, has shaped our development of SongShine's curriculum. We are indebted to these and many others who have helped us create a unique Arts In Healthcare program.

Because speech is the cornerstone of communication, SongShine is committed to improving the lives of people with neurologically-compromised speech. We train instructors using singing, diaphragmatic / costal breathing, diction, articulation, and many creative techniques to strengthen voices. Whether you are a prospective instructor, have Parkinson's disease, stroke, other neurological disorders, or simply have an aging voice, we WELCOME you.
Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar
Mr. Peter Harris

Want a SongShine group in your area? Contact us!

Want to train as a SongShine instructor? Contact us!

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"Before taking SongShine classes, my voice was so soft I could barely hear myself."
Harry Hulson
Palm Springs, California
[ Harry is now able to speak on the phone, carry on conversations with people for extended time and resume activities 
that require the use of his voice. Harry has made an excellent solo CD and has sung in karaoke settings. 
He made his solo singing debut with the SongShine Singers in February 2008. 
Prior to developing Parkinson's, Mr. Hulson was an accountant; after SongShine, music has become a new passion. ]

"As my Parkinson's has progressed, I have been fearful that I would have to quit singing 
and that my speaking voice would just get softer and softer. Now I know that won't happen. 
You [SongShine] have changed my life forever."
Joyce Olson
Portland, Oregon

"SongShine helped me recover my ability to speak again."
Bill Parry
Covenant Village of Turlock, California

"Four years ago, I noticed a tremor in my right hand. My voice was getting weaker. I have Parkinson's. 
Then three years ago, I discovered SongShine. I'm not as sad as I used to be. 
Now I'm happier and my voice is coming back -- I sing every day -- I have many new friends. 
SongShine has changed my life."
Myron Thielman
Palm Desert, California


From Isolated and Afraid to Stimulated and Participating:
Making a Difference in People's Voices and Lives
Click Here to Read More

BREAKING NEWS!

KELOWNA CHAPTER IS FEATURED ON GLOBAL NEWS CANADA: 
Click here to watch the news story that aired on September 6 and to see the Kelowna group in action.

SONGSHINE FOUNDATION RECEIVES SURPRISE DONATION:
On August 1,
H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation surprises SongShine Foundation with $10,000. Click here to watch the video that aired on KESQ.

NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY: 
Click here for more information about this exciting news!

What's Coming Up:

FALL CLASS SCHEDULES ARE POSTED: 
Many of the SongShine Chapters have posted new 2019 classes that are open for registration. Click here for more information.

SongShine In The News:

KMIR - NBC FEATURES SONGSHINE IN ACTION! Check out the video of the SongShine Flagship class in Palm Springs / Coachella Valley by clicking here!

The North Vancouver SongShine group is featured in an article written for North Shore News. Click here to read the article and see some great photos of the class in action!

The Nainamo News Bulletin has a great article featuring the Vancouver Island SongShine group. Click here to read the article.

The Vancouver Island SongShine class was featured in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. Click here to read the article and to learn more about this brand new SongShine satellite group.

The Evansville, IN SongShine class was featured on WNIN, the regional public radio affiliate. Journalist Paola Marizan visited the class, interviewed volunteers, and wrote a wonderful piece. Click here to read the article and listen to the radio broadcast. 

The first ever SongShine Conference in Cannon Beach was a huge success. Aside from being well-attended, the feedback from the participants has been over-the-top positive! Click here to see a video / slideshow that was put together by Judi Spencer.

The Kelowna, BC SongShine class is featured on the Go! Okanagan program on Shaw TV. Click here to view the news segment.

On August 14, 2014, SongShine Evansville volunteers presented a one hour workshop as part of the Mid-America Institute on Aging, which was held a the University of Southern Indiana. Click here for more details.

Evansville SongShine is featured in Maturity Journal. Click here to read the article.

Anacortes SongShine is featured in the Skagit Valley Herald. Click here to read the article.

SongShine
Coachella Valley / Palm Desert join forces with Pegasus Foundation to bring cheer to children and create a Flash Mob surprise for all present. Click here to watch the video!

Palm Desert / Coachella Valley SongShine is featured in The Desert Health News! Click here to read the article.

Evansville SongShine class is featured in the Evansville Courier and Press Newspaper!  Click here to read the article.

Anacortes SongShine is mentioned in the Anacortes American weekly newspaper. Click here for the article.

Evansville SongShine class is featured on Channel 14 news!  Click here for the video, photo, and article.

Video - "I'm Still Me" at SongShine Celebration Concert

Video - "Getting the Voice Back Through SongShine"

SongShine
is featured in Desert Health News. Click here to see the article and photos.