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Michael is...
an unusually gifted, uplifting performer and musician
which elders will enjoy hearing and meeting!

Unique, 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!

How 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 living facilities.

What 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 (flutes).

Will 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 and remember.

Elderly 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."

Will 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.

with Michael

LIVE Forty-Five Minute Musical Program at Your Facility
Indianapolis Area Only

$75.00 per 45 min.

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LIVE Music Program
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What 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.

What 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.

Again, 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's professional background
and training...

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."

How 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.

At 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 rather quickly.

Since his youth...
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.

Michael then decided to begin serving a different population,
the elderly...

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.


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