U3A Healesville

University of the Third Age

“If Music be the Food of Love, play on.”

The opening line of Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night could easily reflect the role of
music in U3AHealesville’s course offering. The range of courses offered by U3AHealesville
covers a range of instruments including banjo, guitar, ukulele, recorder as well as singing.
The Healesville Community Choir, now operating as a U3AHealesville activity, meets once a
week on Monday nights in the Courthouse and welcomes all newcomers. And then, of
course, there is the Theatre Group which rehearses during the year with the goal of
performing in a musical production at the Memo Theatre at the end of the year.

Strings n Things meets twice a month on Thursday evenings providing an opportunity to get together and play. Here up to 35 string enthusiasts, as well as the occasional percussionist –not to mention the harpist – gather to ‘have a sing and a play’ to words and chord structures of well-known songs projected onto a screen – it is a chance to play and sing your heart out.
U3AHealesville courses cater for people of all abilities who are interested in both learning and playing, from the rank beginner to the more experienced.

Opportunities to perform to alive audience are arranged throughout the year.

These including Aged Care Homes, U3A Afternoon Teas, Fridays at 5, selected music events in Healesville, the occasional pop up performance outside the Memo as well as the aforementioned Theatre Group’s end of year musical performance.

If your interest is more just listening to music you can join the My Music course where members listen to presentations from each other over the course of the year on whatever music they happen to enjoy, be it classical, jazz, folk music, screen music or even ‘pop’. Some presentations have focused on a particular composer such as Franz Liszt, others on music forms such as the History of the Concerto form, while on a more popular note, one presentation took members down memory lane listening to Protest Songs of the 60s. A presentation on screen music explored how the role of music in movies has evolved since the first silent movies.

The emphasis is on having fun – playing, listening, learning and performing.

If you have a love of music and would like to share that love with others then you should ‘play on’.

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