Music, Rhythm & Mindfulness Workshop
Join us for a mini-workshop of singing for vocal health, feeling the rhythm of life through the beat of percussion, and mindfulness for well-being.
A wonderful opportunity to enjoy a day with two of Calgary’s own premier musicians, Brian Farrell and Judi Spencer.Both have travelled internationally as professional musicians and vocal coaches. Brian just released his book, “Mind & Music”. Judi has had the honour in leading The World Parkinson’s Choir, at the 2016 and 2019 WPC, World Parkinson’s Conference - a choir of Parkinson’s voices from all across the globe coming together at the only international forum on Parkinson’s disease that invites all stakeholders to learn about the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, and care initiatives that improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease.
Date: Saturday Oct.19, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Riverpark Church
3818 -14a Street SW,
Cost: $30 for PAA Members / $40 for non-members
Call To Register:
BYOL (Bring your own lunch)
Open to everyone in your Parkinson’s community: People with Parkinson’s, family, friends, and caregivers.
Parkinson's Singing Program & Workshops
Sharing a love of music and new Parkinson’s research on singing and the brain.
Brian leads the Parkinson's Singing Program for Parkinson's Alberta in Calgary. Research indicates that singing can help improve speech and voice challenges commonly associated with Parkinson's disease. Brian inspires participants through singing, humorous stories and movement. Singing experience not required. All are welcome.
Visit the Parkinson's Alberta website to register.
Singing & the Brain
Singing is a culturally universal pastime that improves bonding and produces a sense of belonging that traditional therapies often cannot match. Additionally, singing can be considered an elongated type of speech with particular emphasis on rhythm, tempo, tonal changes and respiratory control.
What Singers Say...
The Parkinson's group of singers and caregivers
“Brian with his music, his personality, his sense of humor, his love for the elderly, made him a special person that we all could relate to. The music program made Wednesday mornings a special day to get up for. It gave me one morning a week where I didn't even think about having Parkinson’s and the music stayed with me for the entire day. No one could replace Brian.”
“Brian is an awesome teacher who makes the program a whole lot of fun.”
“I think Brian is great. With his vast experience, knowledge of performers and musical style, he was able to share with us in a way that made it fun and memorable”.
“Brian's approach to singing is tremendous - his knowledge is great.”