Growth, Fulfillment & Happiness
Home Study Courses, Live Lessons and Sessions,
and Programs for the Elderly.
an elderly resident, friend, or loved one....
an unusually gifted, uplifting musician which elders who are bed-bound,
sick, depressed or lonely will enjoy hearing and meeting!
up & heal the hearts of your Elderly Parents, Grandparents, loved
ones, or friends with a 15 minute musical and conversation session with
Michael by phone, featuring songs, hymns and
requests which uplift and cheer the elderly!
long has Michael been working with elders, and in what settings?...
Michael has worked with the elderly 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 living facilities.
instruments does Michael Play, and what about his voice?...
In his programs, live room visits and Cheergrams for elders, Michael
sings with a beautiful baritone voice, and plays piano, guitar,
banjo and three different recorders (flutes).
Cheergrams and Live Room visits, Michael usually uses guitar, which
lends itself best to this sort of work.
the elders Michael does a Cheergram for know the songs he sings?...
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."
Minute Musical and Conversation with Michael
by Phone or Speaker Phone
four sessions, one a week)
for Your Loved One
"hard to reach" elders enjoy Michael's Cheergrams?...
You will see elders who don't normally respond respond beautifully!
is unique about Michael's Cheergrams?...
Michael is more than just a musician... Michael uplifts hearts minds
and spirits! He works hard at developing a relationship with elders
and endeavors to "reach them" with each Cheergram. Michael's
manner is gentle, and he endeavors to keep the attention of elders
during each Cheergram, and helps them to remember, sing and smile.
is the format for Michael's Cheergrams?...
Michael will speak with your elderly resident, friend or loved one,
asking about them, encouraging them, finding out what sort of music
they wish to hear, and then playing this music for them beautifully.
do Cheergrams do best?...
They touch hearts. Smiles and healing tears from elders (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.