Welcome!    

It can be devastating to lose the ability to speak clearly or communicate effectively with family, friends, or caregivers.  Because speech is the cornerstone of communication, SongShine FoundationTM is committed to improving the lives of people with neurologically compromised speech through low or no cost music-based vocal therapy.  Whether you have Parkinson's disease, have had a stroke, have other neurological disorders, or simply an aging voice, we WELCOME you.

SongShine is designed to be a positive learning experience.  It is an opportunity to allow music to lift your spirit, touch your heart, release memories, and strengthen your speaking voice.  SongShine provides a supportive and interactive community created for you.

SongShine
is not intended to replace scientifically based traditional medicine, regular visits to your doctor, traditional speech therapy, or physical therapy.


SongShine was developed from information gleaned throughout forty-plus years of teaching voice, reading, working with speech pathologists and otolaryngologists, and exploring ideas with colleagues.  It is my hope that being a part of the SongShine family will give you a greater appreciation for the joy and healing power or music.

Click here for the story behind SongShine's beginning.

Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar,
                         
SongShine Founder and Director                      


Brief interviews with some of the SongShine Singers and Players:
Click Here to experience the Magic of SongShine

From Isolated and Afraid to Stimulated and Participating:

Making a Difference in People's Voices and Lives
Click Here to Read More



What's Coming Up:

COACHELLA VALLEY / PALM DESERT CLASSES The Coachella Valley / Palm Desert SongShine has two Fall classes open for registration. Click here for more information and to register and pay online.

SHORELINE CLASS
Shoreline, WA (Seattle area) SongShine has their Fall class open for registration. Click here for more information and to register online.

EVANSVILLE CLASS
Evansville, IN SongShine has their Fall class open for registration. Click here for more information and to register online.

KELOWNA CLASS Kelowna, BC SongShine class is on-going, meeting every week. See the Classes page for more information.

SongShine In The News:

NEW!
The first ever SongShine Retreat 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.