Announcing Summer 2013 SongShine classes!
Speak the Speech: Strengthening Speech and Diction Mondays, July 15 - August 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm $90 Instructor: Peter Harris
More than a Song: Imagination - Singers Learning to Act Mondays, July 15 - August 26, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm $110 Instructors: Peter Harris and Joyce Ellenson
Advance registration is required. Classes are limited to 12 people. Call Peter Harris (760-327-1460) to reserve your space. For more information, click here.
Classes offered by the SongShine Foundation are a wonderful blend of:
*Music Therapy (click here to see a video)
*Speech Therapy (click here to see pages 55-58 from textbook)
*Respiratory Therapy (click here to see pages 33-37 from textbook)
*Rhythmic Movement (click here)
*Sing-A-Longs (click here for a sample)
*And just Plain Fun!
SongShine Foundation Music-Based Vocal Therapy Workshops
Who Should Attend?
SongShine Foundation Music-Based Vocal Therapy Workshops are a great way to get acquainted with the SongShine Music-Based Vocal Therapy method. Experience a one-hour workshop: the method, the fun, the creativity, and actually hear positive results in your own voice.
SongShine Workshop Topics:
Online Registrations are now open for the SongShine Certification Training, September 26 - 28, 2013 in Seattle, WA at the lovely Talaris Conference Center. Click here to enroll. Register soon! EarlyBird Discount of 15% ends on June 20! Register with a colleague and receive an additional 10% off of both registrations. Limited scholarship funds are available for those with a genuine need. Please call Dr. Metzgar directly (see Contact Us) to inquire further.
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning SongShine Music-Based Vocal Therapy Certification
Q: Who teaches SongShine classes?
A: Trained/Certified SongShine volunteer
Q: Would I be instructing only people with Parkinson’s or stroke?
A: No. SongShine is for anyone
with neurological disorders or an aging voice. Current research indicates that
music, singing in particular, is extremely beneficial and can be stimulating to
the brain. However, the program is helpful to anyone regardless of age. An integrated classroom yields the best results.
Q: Why are instructors certified?
A: Trained instructors are
necessary to maintain quality and consistency. Certification also signifies the
commitment of the instructor.
A: No. But you must be able to sing
(on pitch) with the exercises and songs on the practice CDs, enjoy teaching,
being creative, and care about people.
A: A person on your team who reads music and has keyboard / piano skills is required. Singing the Vocalises in class or adding new songs will require an accompanist. The Voice Excercise (Vocalises) CDs provided with the textbook are primarily for students when practicing at home. The Sing-A-Long CD is appropriate for individual or group use.
A: The class is designed to be
taught in groups. Part of our mission is creating a sense of community,
interaction, and socialization among participants. Students benefit from hearing others singing with them: they breathe more deeply, sing louder, and the strengthening process occurs more consistently.
Q: What is the frequency and duration of SongShine classes?
A: Some classes meet once a week for one
hour. Others meet for one and one half hours. The decision to meet 8, 10, or 12 weeks is up to the instructors, however, some groups have chosen to be on-going.
Q: I already have a degree in music or speech pathology. Why do I need training?
A: SongShine integrates
music, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, and physical activity. Training
classes also discuss basic brain function and why music is effective in
neurological speech disorders. Additionally certification classes prepare SongShine
instructors to creatively and successfully integrate
Q: Is SongShine individually or team taught?
A: SongShine needs a team approach, but also a lead teacher. There are various positions to fill: musician, dramatist, speech or diction person, rhythmic movement, running sound or computer / PowerPoint, registration, PR, social, design. You will be taught a variety of subjects in Certification Training. You may discover gifts and interests you did not know you had.
Q: Can’t we integrate a few SongShine exercises into existing, on-going activities?
A: To achieve maximum benefit SongShine
should be taught as a separate class, sequentially, and presented in its’
Q: Is a Celebration Concert required at the end of our class season?
A: Instructors will decide what is
appropriate for their group: the Teacher's Manual provides alternative
activities for celebrating the accomplishments of participants. A Celebration
event, however, has proven to be a great motivation for practicing giving
participants an additional, very satisfying goal.
A: In-person certification classes require fourteen hours of instruction spread
over two days (7 hours per day). Classes are lively and enjoyable and prepare
trainees to develop many creative approaches to teaching. We offer Cyber Certification for instructors over Skype under certain circumstances. Call Ruthanna Metzgar (425-210-3612) or email SongShine4PD@earthlink.net to discuss this.
Q: How many people must there be for a certification class to take place?
A: Minimum of 5 and maximum of 15.
Q: Can there be more than one SongShine group in a community or region?
A: Yes. Programs are not
competitive or exclusive.
Q: Who teaches the Certification classes?
A: Ruthanna Metzgar, DMA, founder
of the SongShine Music-Based Vocal Therapy Method and President of SongShine
Q: Is there a charge for Certification Training?
A: Yes. However, no one will be turned away because of genuine financial need. If you have the heart to become a Certified SongShine Instructor, but not the means, please contact the SongShine Foundation Office and we will discuss our scholarship program.
Q: If I have further questions whom do I contact?
A: Ruthanna Metzgar @ 425-210-3612 or firstname.lastname@example.org