Instructor Training

You are invited to become a

2018 Instructor Training
October 28 - November 1, 2018
Palm Desert, California

SongShine: Where Voices Come to Life

The SongShine method, based on the science of neuroplasticity, engages the creative brain to restore voices compromised by Parkinson's, stroke, other neurological disorders, and aging. SongShine classes are designed to be taught in a socially interactive setting, integrating multiple disciplines to strengthen and restore voices.

Techniques include:
Physical Awareness  ~~  Diaphragmatic/Costal Breathing
Vocalises (classical singing exercises)  ~~  Group Singing
Speech, Diction, Articulation  ~~  Emotional Engagement
Creative Imagination  ~~  Improvisation
Role Playing

Prospective SongShine Instructors must be able to sing. Education or experience includes any of the following: Speech Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, Acting, Musical Theater, Voice Teachers, Choral Conductors, Senior Living Activity Professionals or related Arts In Healthcare professions.

You will receive 30 hours of training from Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar, Peter Harris, and special guest lecturer Dr. Neal Hermanowicz -- Neurologist and leader Movement Disorder Specialist, plus additional speakers and testimonials. You will attend an ongoing SongShine class and receive all training materials. Becoming a SongShine instructor is one of the best things you can do for others and yourself!

36999 Cook Street
Palm Desert, California 92211

Nestled in the Coachella Valley, the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel is conveniently located off I-10, only 12 miles from Palm Springs, California and 11 miles from Palm Springs International Airport. The all-suite hotel in University Park, located across the street from the Palm Desert campuses of California State University-San Bernardino and the University of California-Riverside. Over 120 golf courses are within 15 minutes of this hotel in Palm Desert.

Your registration includes a King room, complete with kitchen. Other amenities at the hotel are a fitness center, swimming pool, putting green, coin laundry, on-site convenience store, safety-deposit box, and a business center.

Self-service parking is complimentary.


Register and pay on or before October 1st to enjoy discount pricing of $845 for the training, materials, lodging, and 8 meals! 

On or after October 2nd, the price will be $925.


Price includes:
    • Lodging; four nights in a King room at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel (all rooms include a kitchenette)
    • Welcome Dinner and Opening Night Event
    • 4 Full Breakfasts
    • 3 Lunches (special diets accommodated at no extra charge)
    • All-day beverages (coffee, decaf, tea, and water)
    • 30+ Hours of High-Intensity, Interactive, and Fun Training
    • Newly Revised, 126-page Training Manual with SongShine Carry Bag
    • After the Training, you will receive on-going mentoring and oversight by Ruthanna and Peter as you start and continue a 
      group in your local area, senior center, hospital, clinic, or senior residence facility 


Driving Directions:
By car, Palm Desert is conveniently reached via the Interstate 10 Freeway, just a two hour drive from Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego. From the West: Take I-10 East. Exit on Cook Street and turn right onto Cook Street (exit 134).

From the Airport
Palm Springs International Airport
Head southwest on E Tahquitz Canyon Way toward N El Cielo Rd. Turn left at S El Cielo Rd. Turn left at E Ramon Rd. Take the ramp onto I-10 E. Take the Cook St Exit. Turn right at Cook St (signs for Palm Desert). Hotel will be on the right.

Distance from Hotel:10 miles
Drive Time: 18 minutes

Ontario International Airport
Take I-10 East from E. Terminal Way, E Airport Drive and N Archibald Avenue. Exit 134 on Cook Street and turn right onto Cook Street.

Distance from Hotel: 80 miles
Drive Time: 1.25 hours

Los Angeles International Airport
Take the 105 Freeway East. Exit 605 Freeway North. Exit Hwy 60 East to I-10 East. Exit 134 on Cook Street and turn right onto Cook Street.

Distance from Hotel: 133 mi.
Drive Time: 2 hours

San Diego International-Lindbergh Field
Take I-15 North to I-215 North. Exit Hwy 60 East to I-10 East. Exit 134 on Cook Street and turn right onto Cook Street.

Distance from Hotel: 122 mi.
Drive Time: 2 hours

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Class size is limited to 25 participants. Register soon to secure your spot!


For more information, click here to take a look at the extensive FAQ section of the Certification Training Page, or contact 
Ruthanna Metzgar at (425) 210-3612 
or via email at ruthanna@


This training is funded in part by:
SongShine Foundation

as well as many other individual donors. We appreciate their generosity, which keeps this training affordable.