What: Harmonicas for Health
When: 10-11 am
Last Friday of each month. Now – May 2014 (see November & December exceptions below)
December: Holiday concert: Friday, December 6
Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429
Who: Mary Jane Gormley
Additional Info: Harmonicas for health has been endorsed by IU Health Bloomington Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program. Harmonicas can enhance lung function and capacity. All wind instruments can claim this benefit, but the harmonica is special because the you play notes while inhaling and exhaling, so lung control is improved in both directions. Better lung function means better health over all. This fun, free and inclusive class concentrates on exercises that mainly strengthen the diaphragm, the major set of muscles used in breathing. Just five minutes daily of harmonica exercise can make a difference. Participants may join at any time, and a free harmonica will be provided, along with handouts for practice at home.
Mary Jane Gormley is an author, musician, calligrapher and copy editor. She finds the harmonica to be a special delight, although she concedes her enthusiasm “outruns” her talent. Despite her modesty, Mary Jane has enriched and touched the lives of many, many students over the years she has offered this popular class through the Endwright Center.
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