(formerly Villa Musica’s Creative Aging Program)


The field of Creative Aging focuses on the beneficial and powerful role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life for older adults and has gained significant recognition as an important contributor to positive aging efforts. Researchers are discovering that the aging brain is far more plastic than previously understood, and that structured learning – especially in the arts — can improve cognitive functioning and quality of life. A landmark 2006 study by Dr. Gene Cohen, known as The Creativity and Aging Study, found true health promotion and disease prevention effects for older adults who were actively engaged in professionally conducted arts learning programs. For those of us who are arts practitioners – this research proves what we’ve always known to be true – the arts are good for you.


Villa Musica’s ENCORE! program is open to all senior San Diegans seeking a creative musical community to develop their musical understanding and/or ability in a nurturing and supportive environment.


FREE Encore! Classes



10am – Second Tuesday (2T) Concert Series

February 11 – Isaac Crow (bass) and Caitlin Fahey (cello) perform Gypsy Jazz standards!

March 11 -

April 15 (Third Tuesday due to Spring Break) -

May 13-



9:00-10:45am - Your Life Story: Explorations in Memory and Music

Session I: January 15-February 26, 2014

Session II: March 12-April 23, 2014

Instructor: Mai Lon Gittelsohn MFA


11:00am-11:45am – Zumba Gold

Classes are ongoing!

Instructor: Jocelyn Blakeman


Interested in joining us?

Please let us know you are coming by calling Villa Musica at (858) 550-8100

Email our ENCORE! Coordinator – Dr. Ariana Warren awarren@villamusica.org


ENCORE! – Class Descriptions


2nd Tuesday Concert Series (2T)
Hear our world-class faculty perform at our monthly lunch-time concert series. Villa Musica’s artist/teachers are showcased in a monthly recital that encompasses a question and answer period where audience members can ask about the instrument or the repertoire they have just heard.


Your Life Story:Explorations in Memory & Music

Join us as we explore the writing of our life stories in memory and music. We will begin each session reading articles on the craft of memoir, followed by in-class writing exercises. This workshop series is intended for writers of all levels.


Come join us for a ZUMBA GOLD classes with Jocelyn Blakeman. Jocelyn specializes in ZUMBA GOLD – a special program for senior adults in which the movements are designed with creaky joints, aching knees and limited mobility in mind! Jokes aside, this is a super way to stay active and flexible to music!