Art Form: Music (Vocal)

Tamara Keshecki, Teaching Artist

In this interview with classical flute player, Tamara Keshecki, she talks about how she began working as a teaching artist in elementary and intermediate schools, with developmentally disabled adults and through a non-profit arts organization, Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. This led her to teaching Creative Aging programs through Lifetime Arts. Through Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc., she has taught almost 100 Creative Aging classes of the Roaring Chorus. Tamara also talks about her experience in this work and serving older adults.

Creative Aging Enrollment at Pasadena Conservatory of Art Increases

Since the fall of 2018, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, part of the National Guild for Community Art Education’s Catalyzing Creative Aging Initiative, has continued to see an enrollment increase due to its adult 55+ programs, with offerings like Ukulele Jam, Adult Musical Theater Stage Presence Workshop, Glee Club and more.  At the Conservatory, the Creative Aging programming is rolled into the Adult Department, fostering intergenerational learning and performance. The photo gallery includes Conservatory’s recital from spring of 2019 and features their growing student body of 55+ Creative Aging learners.

Older Adult Choir Instructional Videos from The San Francisco Community Music Center

The San Francisco Community Music Center (SFCMC) developed the Older Adult Choir Program to provide the many personal, social, artistic, and quality of life benefits that musical activity can bring to older adults. The program has grown as choirs have cycled out of the Community of Voices research study led by UCSF in partnership with CMC and DAAS.

These videos are aimed at the participating older adults, but would be useful and fun for anyone looking to sing at home.