The Power of Music and Parkinson’s Disease

Recent studies have shown that those with Parkinson’s disease who sing similar songs on a regular basis can increase the volume of their speaking voice and sharpen their articulation of spoken words. Similarly, community drumming can help people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) regulate movement symptoms and ward off depression through creative expression.

At InMotion, we believe in the power of music and provide community singing and community drumming classes led by our board certified music therapist trained to support those living with PD every day. 

“Music That Moves You”

Music That Moves You is composed of a weekly singing group and drumming group, led by a board certified music therapist. The singing group gives clients the opportunity to sing, share, and discuss their favorite songs, while also practicing techniques to improve breath support, articulation, and posture. The drumming group encourage participants to play a variety of instruments to address gross and fine motor skills, as well as challenge the brain with complex rhythms, improvisation, and divided attention.


The melodica is a breath powered instrument that utilizes small keys arranged like a piano. The instrument is sensitive to breath support, becoming louder or softer based on the amount of air the player uses. The keys are smaller than typical piano keys but require less pressure to push down.  

The class will first focus on breathing techniques, to support both long notes and short articulated notes.  Playing wind instruments may produce more saliva, so increased attention to swallowing will be required. The class will learn simple scales with one hand to increase fine motor skills, motor planning, and timing. As the class progresses, they will learn preferred songs, chordal accompaniment (playing more than one note at a time), playing with two hands, and more. In addition to learning a new leisure skill they can use at home; the participants will also benefit socially from playing/learning their favorite songs with similar peers.   

Upcoming Classes & Programs:

Class sizes are limited, so it is important that you register in advance. Registering also provides us with your contact information should we need to notify you of any changes in scheduling. Click here for a current listing of programs/classes and to register.