PERFECT HARMONY

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How is the staff and volunteers of the Great American Songbook Foundation providing access, encouraging singing and adding to the quality of life experiences for people with dementia and their caregivers? We present Perfect Harmony. Participate with us in our Dementia-Friendly IDEA. Every month caregivers, activity directors and people diagnosed with early stage dementia come to the Songbook Gallery for a themed one-hour program where we sing, do activities, play instruments and talk. (No prior singing experience is required.) Perfect Harmony promotes social, emotional, sensory, physical and cognitive well-being through music, which has been scientifically proven to enliven the brain and bring joy to people of all abilities, even those with memory problems. We will share the beginning and growth of Perfect Harmony and our hopes for the future.

In this session you will:

  • Learn what a Songbook-based program for people with dementia and their caregivers looks like in practice.

  • Learn the reasons for the components of Perfect Harmony, and how and why these are incorporated.

  • Gather skills for friendly inclusion of people with dementia in community arts.

 

Presented by:

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis
Executive Director
Great American Songbook Foundation
Carmel, Indiana

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Chris is Executive Director of the Great American Songbook Foundation, a role he assumed in January 2017 after five years as Director of Programs. He oversees all the organization’s activities, including management of the Songbook Archives & Library, the Songbook Exhibit Gallery, the Songbook Hall of Fame and all educational and outreach programming. Chris and Lisa Lobdell produced the very first Perfect Harmony Program.

Lisa Lobdell

Lisa Lobdell
Archivist
Great American Songbook Foundation
Carmel, Indiana

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A certified archivist, Lisa joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in May 2010 after completing her graduate degrees in library science and history. She has moved the collections twice, provided input on the design of office space, and serves as both head librarian and museum curator along with her archival duties. Today she oversees a team of volunteers and interns who work to make all of our collections accessible in a variety of ways to our user community.

Renee La Schiazza

Renée La Schiazza
Manager of Programs and Social Media
Great American Songbook Foundation
Carmel, Indiana

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Manager of Programs & Communications Renée joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in February 2018. She was no stranger to the Great American Songbook Foundation, as she was a 2012 Songbook Academy Alum and interned for the organization in 2013. Renée holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre and a B.A. in Arts Administration from Elon University. She is an accomplished performing artist with experience as a professional actor, associate director/music director and choreographer.