Singing offers natural therapeutic value for many of the voice symptoms associated with Parkinson's Disease. Singing also provides the focus for a group of people with Parkinson's, and their partners, to share in a joyful activity and work toward a common goal.
The Tremble Clefs Program establishes singing groups with these primary benefits. Focus is on utilizing good breathing practice, louder voice volume and wider pitch range; thus addressing some of the most serious voice symptoms found in people with Parkinson's. One of the typical characteristics is a soft, breathy voice. Other symptoms may include slurring and monotone. People with Parkinson's Disease also may suffer from slowness of movement and therefore reduced activity and sometimes social isolation. Participation in a Tremble Clefs singing program can help overcome these problems through breathing, stretching and posture activities, vocal exercise, rhythm and movement, and a strong social support system. The benefits are enjoyed by those both with and without previous singing experience. The members rehearse regularly and may perform throughout the community.
The Program simultaneously provides vocal and physical exercise, while generating new learning and challenges in a shared and supportive social environment. Research has shown that vocal exercise enhances voice volume in people with Parkinson's, and that the presence of music and rhythm improves movement. Singing can be both physically and emotionally invigorating, especially when experienced with others who share the same motivation and enthusiasm. The effort invested by each member is rewarded by new-found energy and the mutual support of working together.
Why Tremble Clefs?
What if your voice became so soft that people had trouble hearing you? What if you began to slur your words? What if you tended to choke on food and water? All these are possible for people with Parkinson's Disease.
Who Are Tremble Clefs?
People with Parkinson's Disease, of course! Also, spouses, family members, friends and care partners. We have a choral director and accompanists. We also have a "house band" with professional and amateur musicians, and a sound engineer. We welcome all manner of musical and technical talent. Click to watch the Tremble Clefs Story.