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Last Updated on January 7, 2019.
 

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My most significant volunteer contribution to date is being a member of Suite Melody Care. Since July 2015, I’ve been performing piano for seniors in long-term care facilities in Oakville and Mississauga.

Being a part of SMC is a unique and bittersweet experience. The majority of the residents are usually suffering from physical or mental illnesses. The venues I visit are not always happy places. However, when I begin to...

My Suite Melody Care performance tonight at a local Mississauga long-term care facility went really well!   I used a theme suggested by Leslie: "Summer Sing-a-long".  It might be a little cheesy, but it fit my song choices perfectly.  In fact, a few of the audience members actually sang along for most of the songs - especially when I played "Home on the Range".  

I think it was a good idea to pla...

Today, I gave Suite Melody Care's first performance in Mississauga!  I used a theme of "Contemporary Music" because it includes a lot of my favorite ( and nicest sounding) pieces.  I enjoyed introducing the Suite Melody Care program to the residents and staff there. I gave a quick summary about how and why Leslie Ashworth started the program, and how it's grown to where it is today....

Today, I gave another SMC performance together with my SMC performance partner at a local long-term care facility. Our theme for this occasion was "classical music". I've spoken to a few of the residents there before, and they've mentioned that they enjoy listening to Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. We thought this theme would be a good way to incorporate some pieces from their favourite composers.

 

 I started off th...

Tonight, my SMC Performance Partner and I gave another successful joint Suite Melody Care performance. We have collaborated together for the past couple of weeks to plan this performance. We exchanged emails discussing potential themes and pieces to play. We decided on using the same theme as my previous performance at a different retirement residence: "Music Medley". We alternated back and forth, each playing two piece...

 I have just returned from another successful joint SMC performance.  I wasn’t originally scheduled to perform today. Rather, I was filling in for another performer who could not be there today. I volunteered to do so a couple days ago when I received an email from Leslie, the program organizer, saying that she were in need of a performer. I took the initiative to give an extra performance because I’m committed to the S...

 

 I have just completed another successful Suite Melody Care performance and this time, I collaborated with another Suite Melody Care performer to plan the performance. 

I had originally been planning on playing a variety of classical songs by famous composers, since the audience had requested that I play more classical music last time. However, the program coordinator, Leslie Ashworth, recommended that we also in...

This Tuesday, I gave my first Suite Melody Care performance of the 2015/2016 school year. In the weeks leading up to the performance, I printed out and practiced new repertoire to play for the residents. I decided to make the theme of my first performance "Movie Music," playing piano covers of songs that had been showcased in popular movies. 

I love being a part of Suite Melody Care because performing for the senior re...

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