Growth, Fulfillment & Happiness
Home Study Courses, Live Lessons and Sessions,
and Programs for the Elderly.
an unusually gifted, uplifting performer and musician
which elders will enjoy hearing and meeting!
affordable, live musical programs for all elder populations...
featuring inspiring themes, beautiful singing, nostalgic songs, plus piano,
guitar, banjo and recorder playing.
Michael's programs heal hearts and uplift spirits!
many programs for elders has Michael performed
and in what settings?...
Michael has performed for a decade now, giving over 6000 uplifting
musical programs for elders in all settings, including: nursing
homes, Alzheimer's units, adult daycare, assisted living and independent
instruments does Michael Play, and about his voice?...
In his programs for elders, Michael sings with a beautiful baritone
voice, and plays piano, guitar, banjo and three different recorders
the elders Michael
performs for know the songs?...
You bet! Michael has been working with elders and knows just what
songs the elderly know and love. He occasionally performs a new
song for them, but mostly, he performs the songs they delight in
folks often tell Michael...
that the songs he performs are the ones which they remember singing
together with their families. They say things like, "My Mom
and I used to scrub the floor and do the dishes while singing those
songs," or "My dad used to whistle those songs."
my "hard to reach"
residents enjoy Michael?...
You will see residents who don't normally sing along singing along!
Residents who don't normally want to come out to programs will want
to come to Michael's programs.
MUSIC PROGRAMS FOR
Forty-Five Minute Musical Program at Your Facility
per 45 min.
LIVE Music Program
is unique about Michael's programs?...
Michael is more than just a musician... Michael uplifts hearts minds
and spirits! He works hard at developing a relationship with your
residents and endeavors to "reach them" with each performance.
Michael's manner is gentle, and he is constantly aware of whether
he is reaching the residents during a performance. If he feels he
is "losing them," he shifts to a new song or reading.
He keeps their attention, and helps them to remember, sing and smile.
is the format for Michael's programs?...
Each time Michael comes to your facility, he brings an uplifting,
fun or seasonal theme. He then wraps songs and very short poems
or readings around that theme for about the first ten minutes. Then,
he plays groupings of beloved songs on various instruments. "Guess
the Name of the Song" is played, and the program ends with
some hymns/gospel songs (because the residents especially seem to
relate to these) the Lords Prayer, an extemporaneous prayer (which
incorporates the theme- nothing overtly "religious" or
threatening to diversity here. Don't worry!) and a "good-bye
song" or "good-bye song medley" to leave everybody
heart-warmed and smiling.
this is a format has been tested with over 6,000 performances!...
It touches hearts. Smiles and healing tears from residents (and
even visitors) will be in evidence!
Michael D. Purvis is a graduate of Jordan College of Fine Arts,
and was trained in classical, opera, popular, and Broadway music
at Butler University, known as the "Harvard of the Midwest."
did Michael first start learning about music and the arts?...
Michael's father was an English teacher and his mother a reading
specialist. Both parents were intensely interested in literature
and the arts. Michael was taught to read at the age of three, encouraged
to read and write a great deal throughout his childhood, given many
lessons in the arts, and was involved in plays and musicals throughout
his youth. Michael's father, a teacher, writer, poet, actor, director
and theater judge, took him to see many plays and musicals, giving
him an unusual early education in artistic excellence.
the age of five...
Michael's parents noticed he could play by ear on the piano, and
it was then that Michael began taking guitar lessons. After a short
while his teacher announced he had taught Michael all he had to
teach, and asked if he was a "prodigy." From there, Michael
had private lessons in classical guitar, popular guitar, piano,
painting, dance, singing, saxophone... and indeed picked up all
Michael has grown steadily in exposure to music and the arts. He
has learned to sing beautifully and plays many instruments. After
going to university, Michael taught in public school and private
lesson settings for nearly a decade in a variety of subjects, including:
theater, choral music, private piano, voice and guitar lessons,
and general music.
then decided to begin serving a different population,
with music and words of inspiration. This allowed him to combine
his talents as a writer, singer, instrumentalist, poet and inspirational
speaker/performer. He loves working with this age group and has
found a wonderful niche for his talents.