Professional Development Classes


  • At local, regional, and national conferences
  • At your staff or volunteer development program
  • At support groups for care-givers

Favorite Topics . . .

  • Harnessing the Power of Music for Health, Healing, &  Palliative Care
  • Musicians and Your program
  • Music, Spirituality, Religion, Aging
  • Music, Exercise, Creative Movement, & Relaxation
  • Music in the Last Days
  • Teaching and Training the Next Generation of Activity Professionals
  • Cognition, Activities, Resources, Evaluations, and You
  • Spirituality, Religion, Music, and Older Adults
  • Using Instruments for Speech, Memory, and Creative Thinking
  • Music and Imagination
  • Orff-Schulwerk for Senior Adults (sacred and/or secular music
  • Brain Power!  -  sessions for Adults; training sessions for  Professionals
  • Extending and Maintaining your Career Growth in Life Enrichment Services
  • Orff-Schulwerk in Sacred Places - churches, schools, community centers, elder-care.
  • Over 25 music programs for senior adults 

Who Attends . . .

  • Social service, Activities, and Health-care professionals
  • Chaplains, church musicians, and church laity
  • Musicians serving in senior adult services
  • Family and friends who are care-givers

Recent Presentations . . .

National conferences:

Brookdale Foundation Bi-Annual National Conference, Denver, CO. October, '13, Denver, CO  Nov. ’10, Oct. ’08  Nov.  ’06. Nov.  ’04, On-line Chat, Jan 06
American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Annual Conference, St. Louis MO. Nov 16-17, 2012
American Society on Aging Annual Conference: Denver CO, Apr, 2002;  Orlando, FL. Mar 1999.

National Association of Activity Professionals, Colorado Springs, CO  Apr, 2000  
National Senior Adult Convention (Church of God), Gatlinburg TN, Apr 23,2002
SpiritSound Music Explosion, Cleveland, TN, Mar 1, 2001; Mar 5-6, l998.
Panel Member:  Music for the Older Adult, Music Educators National Conference, Cincinnati, Apr, 1992

State and Regional Conferences: 

Washington State Activity Professionals Association, Richland, WA.  Sep, '13
Colorado Association of Activity Professionals Annual Conference, Denver June '16, Pueblo, June 13, '13, Denver, June 9, ‘06,  Sterling, June 7, 07,
 (invited for June  ’08), Pueblo, June ‘09
Wyoming Activity Coordinators Association,  Casper, Oct ’09
Minnesota Activity Directors Association, St. Cloud, Oct ’09
Kansas Activity Directors Association, Wichita, Oct '08, Oct ’09
Montana Health Care Association, Billings, Sep, ’09
Iowa Activity Directors Association, Ames, Sep, ’09
West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Conference, Charleston, May 9, ’07.
Alzheimer's Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, Brain Day, Oct 23, Denver, 2003
Alliance Training Center, Columbus OH, June 12, 2002
Ohio Health Care Association Annual Convention, May 22 2002, May 9, 2001
AAA Senior Focus 2000, Belton TX  Mar 29, 2000
Texas Baptist Senior Adult Summit, Waco TX  March 21, 2000,  Belton TX, Mar 25, l998
Texas Association of Activity Professionals Annual Conference, Austin, June 19, l998
Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aged Annual Conference, Dallas, May 19, l998
The Salvation Army, Older Adult Ministries Officer’s Training, Atlanta, GA. Jan 22, l998
Professional Development Workshops for Texas Nursing Home Activity Prof./Social Workers: Beaumont, Oct 10, l997; Mt. Pleasant, Aug 29, l997; Pasadena, Aug 15, l997; Bryan, Aug 13, l990
McLennan Community College, Certification Course for Activity Directors.  Waco, TX 1989, 1990.
BGCT Conference for Church Musicians:  Waco, TX, July 29, l997
Texas Governor's Conference on Aging, Austin, Dec 1-3, 1997

Universities and Colleges:

Lee University, Cleveland, TN.  Adapting Sacred Music Experiences for Frail Seniors,  Sept, 2016;  Guest Lecturer in Music Education/Careers, Mar 9,12, 2012, Nov 3, 2000
Baylor University, Waco, TX  , The Institute of Gerontology, Guest Lecturer in Music in Aging April 19, 2000, Sept 14, l998, Feb 2, 1998, Sept 19, l997
H.H.Reynolds Academy for Adults, Baylor University, Waco TX  May 26-27, l999, May 26-29, l997
McLennan Community College, Waco,  Sessions in Continuing Education/Certification Course for  Activity Directors National Course for Activity Professionals, 1998, 1990, 1989


Classes for Senior Adults

Music and Brain Power Classes

 Music Volunteer for Older Adult Communities (senior centers, nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted-living centers, memory care homes) 1987-present

St. Andrews Village, 2017 - present

Garden Terrace Alzheimer's Center  2013-2016; Sunrise Senior Care Cherry Creek  2015-16

GracePointe, Greeley 2010-13; 2015-16; Malley Senior Center Sept 14, ’11, Oct 3, ’11,  Juniper Village at Louisville, Dec. 7, 2012, Aug. 9, ’11, Nov. 16, ’11,

Juniper Village Memory Care, Denver, April 25, ‘11 The MAC Senior Center, Jan. ’09 (scheduled for June ’09) 

Denver Housing Authority, Casa Loma, April ’08, Mountain View, May ’08 

Highlands West Sen. Residence, Wheat Ridge, CO, June ’07, December ’07, May ’08, Nov. ’08, Dec. ’08. 

Aurora Center for Active Adults, Aurora, CO, Fall, ’07, Spring ’08, February ’09. 

Courses in Music Literature and Aerobics of the Mind/Brain Power at Heather Gardens Community Center, Aurora, CO:  6-10 week courses in Sum ’03, Fall ’03, Sum 04, Winter ’04, Spring ’05, Winter ’05, Fall ’06, Winter ‘07, Spring ’07, Fall ’07. 

Easter Seals Stroke Patients Day Services, Lakewood, December ’05, December ’06, December ‘07. 

Boulder Senior Center, Boulder CO, September 27, 2005

Active Options, Foothills Park and Recreation, Jefferson County, October 12, 2005, March 9, 2005

Seniors’ Resource Center, Staff Development, Wheat Ridge CO, September 30, 2004

Other events include: 

Denver, Colorado: Bella Vista, Juniper Place, Cherry Creek Retirement, Cherry Oaks, Berkley Manor,  Brookdale Heritage, Dayton, Harvard, Sunrise, Christian Living, Quincy, residential communities, Johnson ADC, Total L. Care ADC, Littleton AARP, Centennial Lutheran, All Saints Lutheran, Clear Creek Church, senior adults at other residential communities, senior centers, churches.

N. Georgia: Specialty Care, Epoch, Noble Village, Tara Plantation, White Oaks at Lanier, Beverly HC, Savannah Court, Churchill Manor, Elmcroft, Manor on the Square, Cumming Nursing Center/AL, other sites, 2001/2002; Life Enrichment Services (Shepherds Center), Atlanta Northside, January 16, 2003, Atlanta Midtown, January 24, 2002, Decatur GA, April 26, 2001; Roswell GA,  July 27, May 17 2001; Atlanta N., May 22, 2001. Cumming (Georgia) Business Fellowship, April 13, 2002; Forsyth County Senior Center, Cumming, GA, April 24, 2001; Senior Adults Fellowship, Mt. Paran Church, Atlanta.  1982

Texas: Lake Shore Estates, 1999; St. Catherine Center, 1997-1999; Ridgecrest Retirement and Health Care, 1998-1999; Jeffrey Place, Waco TX., 1990-91; Congregation Aguduth Jacob, Waco senior community centers, Waco ISD, 20+ other sites in Central Texas.  American Council for the Blind Support Group, Ft. Worth, October 3, l998; Central Texas Senior Ministries, Waco.  November-December, 1988

Other Employment

 Wheatridge Presbyterian Church, CO, (Choral Director/Music for Children, pt),     Feb - May, 2017;  Feb 2006-Dec, 2008. 

NCSPearson Professional Testing Center (pt) May 2003-June 2008. 

Cherry Creek Schools, CO  Substitute teacher (intermittent), Feb 2004 – 2006. 

The Seniors’ Resource Center, CO, (Coordinator, PR/Marketing, part-time, Feb. 2004-Feb. 2005) 

Pearson Educational Measurement – SAT Essay Scoring (pt), 2005

Denver Public Schools, CO (substitute teacher) 2004

Denver Ambassadors (pt, temporary) 2003-2005

Baylor University School of Music (pt)  1989-1998

Southern Methodist University (Head, Music Education) 1984-1987

The Pennsylvania State University (Graduate and Undergraduate faculty) 1977-1984

The Florida State University (Teaching Assistant) 1975-1977

Cleveland City Schools, Tennessee (Music Teacher) 1971-1974

Public School Music Teacher in Durban, South Africa 1968-1971

Church organist and/or director of choirs (part-time)  Cleveland TN and Durban, South Africa 1964-1974

Medical Transcriptionist Pathology Laboratory  Durban, South Africa 1959-1964