A local nonprofit agency is offering classes on how to use music to help adults and children with special needs.
Resounding Joy Inc., based in Carmel Valley, uses music to promote the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being of people throughout the county, from nursing home residents, older-adult daycare clients and infants of teen parents to homeless people and AIDS and HIV patients.
It trains a network of volunteers in the principles of music therapy and helps out at many faith- and community-based organizations, including the Encinitas Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Redwood Elderlink in Escondido and the San Diego Third Avenue Charitable Organization.
The next volunteer training events are scheduled for May 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 17 at Calvary.
They will learn recreational music-making techniques in drumming, rhythm and singing and how to work one-on-one or in groups to help reduce stress, improve physical fitness, encourage self-expression and foster camaraderie of those in need.
Prospective volunteers must commit to serving as "Joy Givers" at least four hours a month for the calendar year. They are not required to read music, play musical instruments or have trained voices.
Candidates should register online at
- Resounding Joy will contact all approved volunteers and confirm the training locations. Information: (866) 800-0197.
Other three-class sessions are planned July 24 and 31 and Aug. 16; and Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 15.