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Songshine is an effective music-based vocal program for persons whose speech has been affected by Parkinson's disease, stroke, other neurological disorders or aging voices. The program builds voices with a holistic approach that integrates breath awareness and body alignment, vocalizes (singing exercises), singing in community, diction and articulation exercises, creative imagination, becoming a character (role playing) and emotional engagement.

The following SongShine programs are available. Click the city for details and registration information.


Seventh Day Adventist Church | 1130 Springfield Road, Kelowna
Date: Tuesdays | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Fee: Classes are free of charge
Instructor/Contact: Sylvia Clerke | sym1943@gmail.com (SongShine Certified Instructor)

North Vancouver

Highlands United Church | Room 201 | 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver 
Date: 1:00pm-2:00pm | Mondays | January 15 - March 26, 2018 (no class on February 12)
Fee: $12.00 per class | $120.00 for course
Class Description: Vocal exercises and group singing to strengthen voices.
Instructor/Contact: Joani Bye | joanibye@shaw.ca | 604 202 9784
Flyer: [download]

John Braithwaite Community Centre | Anchor Room | 145 W 1st St, North Vancouver
Date: 1:00pm-2:00pm | Thursdays | January 11 - March 1, 2018 
Class Description: participants need to give front desk the name if the program or bar code (389860). 
Instructor: Joani Bye | joanibye@shaw.ca | 604 202 9784
Register by calling the community centre: 604-983-6470 (use barcode 386 279)

Prince George

Spruce Captial Seniors Recreation Centre | 3701 Rainbow Dr, BC
Date: Mondays | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Fee: free for PG Support Group members
Class Description: Vocal exercises and group singing to strengthen voices. Includes: Body awareness, relaxation and breath exercises; drama activities to spark imagination and encourage emotional expression; opportunities to build community, create connection and lift spirits.
Instructor: Rose Loewen (SongShine Certified Instructors)
Contact: Gary Gurnsey and Gina Beddome | 250-564-8955 (Gina)

New Westminster

Parkinson Wellness Centre | #103 - 450 E Columbia St, New Westminster
Date: 1:30-2:30pm | Tuesdays | Session 1: Sept 11-25 | Session 2: Oct 2 - 30
Fee: $12/class |Partners $6.00 | Drop-ins $15.Class. 
Class Description: A music and creative imagination based immersive, holistic program for those with Parkinson's Includes vocal exercises, group singing, body awareness, relaxation/breathing exercises and drama-based activities to spark imagination and encourage emotional expression.
Instructor: Joani Bye (musician, singer, actor, SongShine Certified Instructor) 
Contact/Register: Parkinson Wellness Centre | 604-525-2631 | parkinsonswc@gmail.com | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParkinsonWellnessCentre/


For more information on Songshine, please visit: http://www.songshineforparkinsons.org/

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