Yes! Tremble Clefs is a therapeutic singing program for people with Parkinson’s, founded in 1994 by Karen Hesley. Today, hundreds of San Diegans affected by Parkinson’s disease participate in this joyful activity.
There is a number of common speech and communication problems associated with Parkinson’s disease, among them decreased volume, hoarseness, a breathy quality, monotone, and imprecise articulation.
Because Parkinson’s disease affects the motor system, it stiffens the vocal cords and affects the voice. We use a lot of muscles to speak and sing, from the diaphragm to the larynx. So exercising these muscles is especially important for people with Parkinson’s.
The breathing, stretching, singing, rhythm, and movement exercises built into Tremble Clefs rehearsals improve enunciation, keep muscles supple and strengthen lungs to help project the voice, Moving to the music improves posture, balance and flexibility.
Can’t carry a tune? No problem – singing experience and talent are strictly optional!
Tremble Clefs is a tight community of people who understand what it’s like to have Parkinson’s, and enjoy getting together to share a delightful music-making experience. They give performances throughout the county, sharing their music with audiences both to entertain and to promote Parkinson’s awareness.
Participation in Tremble Clefs is free and family members are welcome.
No singing ability is required – just the desire to have fun.
SAN DIEGO TREMBLE CLEFS
Palisades Presbyterian Church
6301 Birchwood Street
San Diego, CA 92120
Rehearsal: Thursdays 1:00 to 3:00 PM
NORTH COUNTY TREMBLE CLEFS
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
890 Balour Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Rehearsal: Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:30 PM
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