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Key Rest Inc. Announces Piano Sabbatical Vacation For Adult Amateurs of
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dec. 4, 2003 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Key Rest Inc.
(www.keyrest.com) announced today a new adult camp for those who have
taken the first step toward playing piano, but simply can't find the
time to perfect their musical art. Following the popular trend of "self
improvement getaways" already well represented in active vacations from
biking and hiking to mountain climbing, adults over 35 are looking for
opportunities to immerse themselves in music. As a result, adult music
camps are starting to pop up across the country. One such camp is "Key
Rest: A Piano Sabbatical," on Florida's west coast.
"As the Gen-X and Baby Boomer populations age and the quest for
self-improvement continues, making music is one more challenge yet to be
tapped," says Key Rest Director, Wendy Drexler. "This is not a group
likely to sit back and watch life pass by."
Key Rest Sabbatical Participants practice at least two hours each day,
attend lectures on musical topics, collaborate with other amateur
musicians, compose music using computer-based programs, and hang out at
the local piano bar. All this, and there's still time to attend
concerts, walk on the beach, and visit the local museums. Every level
of ability is accommodated.
"The idea is to relax, play, and share in a non-competitive,
non-perfectionist environment," adds Drexler. "Participants attend
camps based on information they receive from private instructors,
community schools of the Arts, gifts from family members, or simply by
stumbling on to one of the websites."
Adults represent the largest growing population of new piano students.
The backgrounds are very diverse as evidenced by a recent semester of
Class Piano at St. Petersburg College. Represented in the class of 16
were Hispanic, Indian, Black, White, male, female, young and old.
Three students were over 70 years old. About five were between the age
of 35 and 50.
"They saw this as a way to carve out some time in their busy schedules
to practice their new passion," says Drexler. "One 20 year-old guitar
player decided it would be beneficial for his band if he played the
piano, too. Only three or four of the participants were actually
degree-seeking students using this as a required course. Nearly all of
the class had started playing piano as an adult. This is indicative of
what you would find at the music camps, as well."
Concludes Drexler, "As it turns out, there are some very good reasons to
tickle the ivories. Not only does playing an instrument reduce stress
and provide enjoyment. Research is beginning to show that it might
actually improve memory and prolong the onset of dementia."
More information about "Key Rest: A Piano Sabbatical" can be found on
the company website http://www.keyrest.com or by calling 1-866-410-REST
For those interested in attending music camps, additional information
can be found at http://www.musicfortheloveofit.com. They publish a
yearly Music Workshop Guide.
Key Rest: A Piano Sabbatical http://www.keyrest.com or 1-866-410-REST
National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts
Music Intelligence Neural Development
(M.I.N.D.) Institute http://www.mindinst.org
Source of News:
Key Rest Inc.
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