The PRCOrchestra’s Principal Horn player, Lisa Taylor, and music therapist, Nancy Swanson, have completed another workshop at the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
This year's music classes will follow the same format that the participants enjoyed in the previous sessions:
- A Hello Song to greet everyone and introduce new members
- A familiar song that allows participants to use the shakers
- A Stop-and-Go song to encourage listening carefully and participate in group action
- Assembly and decoration of the day's musical instrument project
- A song using the new instrument
- A song by a favorite musician chosen by a class member (previous artists have included Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and familiar American Folk tunes)
- A Goodbye song
This set of classes will focus on Drum Circle, which encourages individual improvisation and exploration of percussion sounds, as well as collaborative group performances. The class participants will decorate different size bucket drums, real wooden drumsticks, and small shakers that they will fill with different items for different sounds. In the drum circle, students will create percussion accompaniment to music from different cultures. They will also work on choreography, allowing the students to interact with each other during the performance. For example, alternating tapping their own drumsticks together, then the drumsticks of the people on each side, or tapping their own drum, then leaning to left and tapping the next drum over.
“These workshops have been an enormous success,” says Grace O’Connor, the Center’s Patient Advocate. Another workshop will be scheduled for the Spring. In the meantime, the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra will be looking for grants to help with the program.