Music is an important part of our lives. Most people can think of at least one song that always makes them smile or feel happy. Members of the Tremble Clefs therapeutic singing program find joy in singing together, as well as receiving therapeutic benefit that can ease some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The Tremble Clefs was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1994 by speech therapist Karen Hesley. Here in San Diego, we are fortunate that Karen has relocated to our beautiful County and leads not one, but two Tremble Clefs groups. Groups meet weekly to practice breathing, posture and movement exercises, as well, of course, to sing!
Parkinson’s can make a voice quieter, lessen pitch and tone, and cause problems with swallowing. Regular voice exercise, including singing, can help to lessen some of these effects. Singing requires measured breathing and frequent changes in tone and pitch. The Tremble Clefs is a therapeutic program that requires regular participation and rehearsal.
In addition to the therapeutic benefits, the Tremble Clefs provide the opportunity for regular socialization, which can be both challenging and anxiety inducing for people with Parkinson’s who may be afraid of what others think. Singers are also great ambassadors for Parkinson’s as they perform at senior centers, retirement communities and public events throughout the County.
Tremble Clefs groups are open to anyone with Parkinson’s. Participants do not need to have a great singing voice, or any sort of musical background.
For more information on the programs here in San Diego, visit www.parkinsonsassociation.org