Music Writing and Performance

February 28, 2024 @ 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Hilyard Community Center
2580 Hilyard St
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 525-6651

Support Groups Calendar HERE

Music Writing and Performance  
Winter Term, 8 classes: January 8, 22; February 5, 19; March 4, 11, 18; April 1.
Spring term TBA

Mondays 2:45-4:15pm at the Hilyard Community Center.

$240.00 for 8 Spring Term classes, only private pay or STiLE scholarships. No Medicare dollars anymore.

Designed for individuals interested in learning to play music instruments, writing and/or performing music as part of a group. SPECIAL Music Class Concert at the end of every term on the patio at Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St

Go HERE and scroll down to register for all classes.   Call 541-780-6950 for scholarship information.

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More on David Helfand from a Register Guard article about Mr. Helfand’s work in “Introduction to the Joy of Music,” a class he teaches through the city of Eugene Parks Department’s adaptive recreation program.

Unlocking hidden talents is exactly what he wants to accomplish by bringing these students together, Helfand says.

“The gamut of working with people with developmental disabilities is quite huge, but my whole idea is, we’re going to work with abilities here,” he says. “If someone has one finger that they can use to play one note, we’ll find a place for them in our band. If that’s too hard, and they can hold a ‘shaker,’ they can do percussion. Our concept is inclusiveness — whatever they’re able to do, we’re willing to try.”

The value of music therapy for all kinds of conditions — physical and developmental disability, dementia, mental health, substance abuse, brain injury, chronic pain — has been firmly established by scientific study. But Helfand doesn’t need statistics to see the effect of music on his students.

“I think the first thing they get from our classes is an incredible sense of joy, the feeling that they have just played and made music with other people,” he says. “I think that’s what they go home with, the knowledge that, ‘Wow, I made music!’ ”


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 Spring/Summer Term 2023 Concert in full… rockin’!