Creative Aging Teaching Roster

Matthew Bridges

Contact Name: Matthew Bridges

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Phone: (615) 714-6770

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Matt continues to offer his unique, hands-on and interactive music programs for seniors across Tennessee, including programs with Music for Seniors and Southland Creatives. Focusing on the universal concept of natural rhythms in our everyday lives, Matt leads participants in a variety of percussion/ music-based activities.

He has facilitated over 600 of these programs since 2012.
Matt’s programs, are informed by his years of experience in the field of Creative Aging, his love for musical communication and his passion for serving others-along with earning a B.A. in Human Services/Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College.

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Program Title: Rhythm Sessions w/ improv focus

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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ROOTS. Lub and Dub, two sounds that are at the core of the human experience. These two sounds, of course refer to the opening and closing of our hearts valves. The first “note” is heard, or felt as the mitral and tricuspid valves close, the second “note” is heard, or felt, as the pulmonary and aortic semilunar valves close. Along with blinking, chewing and walking, these are some of the subtle cyclical, rhythmic reminders of our existence.


RESET. Our world today is full of new rhythms. We punch keyboards, pull levers and click buttons, helping many to live happy and prosperous lives. But as we have evolved to this new digital age, perhaps an occasional return to our core “life rhythms” in a community setting can allow us to reset for that extra boost of strength and camaraderie-allowing the sound of our community’s metaphorical heart to be heard. Some of us may require this “reset” more than others, and a joyful noise created together in community drumming may be among the most natural and simplistic venues to do so.


REPEAT. We are encouraged to use the metaphor of the heartbeat as the core of our time together; continually communicating with the self and explore our self-expression, value each others’ offerings, be creative, share in healthy release of positive and negative emotions-while tapping into the inner musician.

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Program Title: REMO Health Rhythms

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6 Week Wellness Course using the REMO Health Rhythms Protocola

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Program Title: Introduction to Djembe

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8 Week Course

A basic introduction to the integral parts for some of the most popular West African rhythms: Kuku, Djole, Kassa, Madan, Suku, Sunguru Bani, and Tiriba. As While learning the patterns, we also learn how to make each of the basic strokes–bass, tone, and slap–with proper playing technique. Ideally, culminating in to a public showcase…showing our new skills and knowledge

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