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Musical Adventures at OLLI

Lifelong Learning Styles Explored
At OLLI we are all advocates of Lifelong Learning. That learning can happen in many different ways. For some, learning is visual. Others find verbal interaction works better. There are learners who do best while using their hands and sense of touch. Auditory or musical learners complete the mix of methods we can employ in developing new skills.
Jim Worsham and Marc Davidson are true innovators in their approach to teaching the Harmonica. They have created a series of classes that help incorporate all of the various learning styles. They have successfully added some truly visionary adaptations that allow students to learn at their own pace, develop technique, practice in a group, utilize videos any hour of the day, and carry the lesson plan for the entire course on their phone or tablet. Their two harmonica classes strive to encourage each student to develop improvisation and collaboration skills to be able to play solo, or blend confidently into group sessions.

Beginning Harmonica Workshop is for anyone with an interest in the harmonica, whether they are a beginner, or an experienced musician interested in learning to play this versatile instrument. The course will focus on straight and cross harp techniques. A complete digital workbook is provided along with useful YouTube videos which allow you to practice outside of class and develop your technique. Music Styles include: Classics, Standards, Hymns, Folk, Rock, Blues and Country Western.
Intermediate Harmonica Workshop is for those who have completed at least one term of Beginning Harmonica and want to develop Cross Harp techniques, improvisation, 12 Bar Blues chord structures and music theory. This class includes video instruction, group performance and even the opportunity to perform with other musicians in live settings. Jim and Marc encourage you to enroll in the Jammin’ at OLLI class and really expand your musical learning.

Jammin’ at OLLI is led by Carol Baker. She also teaches guitar and ukulele classes at OLLI and has put together a group of beginning and experienced instrumentalists and vocalists, who really have fun. This group developed a winning chemistry that combines individual skills, technique tips, and just “sitting in” experiences to develop and enhance everyone’s experience. Basic song sheets with chords of favorite folk, blues, country and pop tunes are provided. The Jam class is built around the guitar and ukulele but other acoustical instruments are incorporated and encouraged such as banjo, acoustic bass, harmonica, percussion and keyboards.
You have to stop in and experience this group, lend a backing vocal or just put a buck in the tip jar.

LifeFit at the Beach


Are you ready to make fitness part of your weekly routine? Then LifeFit Center @ The Beach is the place for you! Please come join us for a FREE  trial and learn about our Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions which include: fitness assessments, group fitness, personal training, small group programs, health & wellness workshops, and more!
We appreciate our partnership with OLLI, and as such, we offer OLLI members a significant discount on the monthly membership rate at LifeFit.
Our hours of operation are:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
For more information, please call us at 562-985-2015.
We look forward to seeing you soon!