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Thread #51437   Message #3792676
Posted By: Joe Offer
28-May-16 - 06:32 PM
Thread Name: Teaching Seniors to Play Instruments?
Subject: RE: Teaching Seniors to Play Instruments?
The most popular night at my dad's nursing home is Thursday, when "chimes" is scheduled. A fifty-ish guy plays "Name That Tune" on his keyboard for maybe 45 minutes, and the residents really enjoy that and his banter with them. He's not much of a singer, so it's mostly instrumental - but it's great fun.

And then comes the part everybody waits for - the chimes. The instruments sound and work very much like handbells, but they're tubular and a bit easier to handle than handbells. The same people show up every week, and they've become quite good at a large number of songs.

And everybody has a great time.