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New “Movement and Song for Parkinson’s” mini-course starts February 18 at Concord Community Music School

CONCORD, NH—Following on the success of its recent “Creative Aging Day,” with nearly 50 enthusiastic participants, Concord Community Music School is introducing a series of mini-courses geared to those interested in exploring the use of movement and music in aging creatively and gracefully.

The newest course, “Movement and Song for Parkinson’s” with instructor Heather Oberheim, R-DMT, begins on February 18. Participants will enjoy moving to music especially selected to help with balance, flexibility, regulation of walking gait, and daily joy! No dance or musical experience is necessary to participate; walkers, canes, and wheelchairs are welcome, as are family members, friends, and caregivers of those experiencing Parkinson’s or other motor system disorders. Oberheim will use her experience and training in neurologic dance movement therapy to guide exercises that warm up the joints and the body, accompanied by fun music and using colorful scarves that enhance the flow of the movement and use fine motor and gross motor skills. “This is a fun and interactive class with plenty of laughing and individual attention to meet the needs of changing bodies,” said Oberheim. “We’ll play a lot of favorite songs, make some new friends, and come out smiling – the focus is on physical wellness, but the benefits are emotional and social, too.”

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The five-week “Movement and Song for Parkinson’s” course meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:15pm, February 18 - March 17. Tuition is $60.

Additional new mini-courses and workshops, such as Alexander Technique, will be offered in the months to come. Hundreds of adults make music each week at the Music School in ongoing individual lessons, instrumental ensembles, and choruses. All ages and levels of musical ability are always welcome, and registration for individual instruction is ongoing throughout the year. Lori, who sings in the Songweavers women’s chorus, offered, “As an educator, I have read about the importance of neuroplasticity. Singing in a chorus stretches my brain and body to work together.”

For more information or to register for a Music School program, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.

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