Bridging Thru Music volunteers and high school freshmen Natalia Betzler and Zach Lee did a combined set at Drake Terrace in San Rafael on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Natalia sang “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, “New York State of Mind” by Bill Joel. “What a Wonderful World” and more; Zach sang “Blackbird”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen and several others. Plus they did a couple of duets! Both will be involved in this summer’s Mountain Play: Natalia will open with her band, and Zach will be an ensemble performer. Many thanks to Natalia and Zach!
A great time was had by all on Saturday Jan 26th. Volunteers, staff and other community members enjoyed hearing stories of friendships and connections. AlmaVia was a wonderful host, providing a beautiful space and delicious sweet treats. Other facilities who have LITA volunteers also showed their appreciation for the volunteers’ time and energy with generous gift baskets that were raffled off.
Bridging Thru Music volunteer Karen Bevelander led residents of Three Home Village (San Rafael) in a group holiday sing-a-long on December 21, 2018. Lyrics in hand, well-loved standards including Deck the Halls, Let it Snow, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Silver Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more were sung. Residents got into the spirit of the holidays and enjoyed singing them so much we sang some of them twice! Thank you, Karen!
Bridging Generations sessions are always fun, even more so when puppies are added! The students from San Domenico were wonderful buddies for Bello Gardens Assisted Living residents, making sure they could all enjoy the puppies Jessica's Haven and Rescue brought and even decorating the tree in the activity room.
Led by Branson School music teacher Rachel Kim, 13 chamber music students took turns performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Bach, Schubert, Faure, Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn for residents of Kindred South Marin in Greenbrae, Ca. on December 3rd. They played beautifully, with great passion and precision, dazzling residents who can’t normally get out for music concerts. Kudos and many thanks to Rachel and the students!
Holiday Gifts Time!
It’s that time of year, when LITA collects new items for low-income residents of nursing home facilities. If you would like to donate an item, check out the Amazon gift list or the giving trees at the Bank of Marin branches on Grant Ave in Novato or Redwood Highway in San Rafael
Led by music teacher Rachel Kim, the choir from Branson School in Ross demonstrated their celestial harmonies for Windchime of Marin Memory Care residents on November 14, 2018. Singing some songs a capella and others with piano accompaniment, the selections included pieces by composers Pachelbel, Samuel Barber, Thomas Weelkes, and John Jacob Niles. They sounded beautiful and Windchime says they would love to have them back. Many thanks to Rachel and all the students in the choir!
Bridging Generations’ participants (students, residents, teachers and activity directors) complete pre- and post-program surveys. We recently compiled 4 years of those surveys into a longitudinal study and are so excited to share what we found:
From the Findings: The transformation in the children’s views of older persons is best encapsulated in one student who in the fall had described older persons as “boring” and “grouchy” and had noted that he didn’t really like some old people. By spring he had definitely changed his views:
“I learned that I love to see older people because they bring me lots of joy. The people from the home help me see the potential that I have with older people and that they can do many things.”
“Our residents always spend the rest of the day talking about how much they enjoyed the visit.”
Tamalpais High School student Natalia Betzler enchanted the residents of Drake Terrace on Sunday Oct 14 with her astonishingly adept piano playing and fine singing. From classical pieces to songs made famous by The Beatles, Billy Joel, Etta James, Louis Armstrong, Carole King, and George Gershwin, there was something for everyone. LITA’s music coordinator Rob Thomure played the “Quiz Man” by asking some pop music questions between songs. Audience comments included “What a talent!!” and “Can she come back every Sunday?” Thanks, Natalia!