Music Therapy Copywriter
Founder Lior Tsarfaty calls Village Song a movement and a school. I communicated both aspects of the organization in the copy I wrote. The movement brings participatory music therapy to Alzheimer’s communities. The school trains musicians and therapists in Lior Tsarfaty’s original technique, so they can extend Village Song’s reach to memory care facilities everywhere.
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Singing, Drumming & Dancing with Alzheimer’s Communities
Bring the Universal Power of Music to Alzheimer’s Communities
Alzheimer’s communities everywhere are waiting to make music with us.
Ready to lead the band? [Read More]
Join the movement. Enroll in the school. Village Song classes start soon.
Village Song—We’re a School and a Movement
From the start, our mission has been twofold: to use the universal power of music to better the lives of Alzheimer’s patients and to offer musicians and therapists a sustainable way to enrich their careers while extending our reach.
The First Participatory Music Program for Alzheimer’s Patients
Village Song was founded by Bay Area musician Lior Tsarfaty. Lior was one of the first musicians to make music with Alzheimer’s communities, not for them. In 2012, after consulting with memory care therapists and other musicians, Lior brought Village Song to a local memory care facility with wonderful success. Five years later, unable to meet the ever-growing demand for the program, he founded Village Song School so he could share his method with therapists and other musicians.
Village Song Training at a Glance
We teach the Village Song Method over the course of seven weekends.
- Weekend 1: Creating Community | Experiencing Music’s Therapeutic Power
- Weekend 2: Understanding the World of Alzheimer’s | Making Music with Alzheimer’s Communities
- Weekend 3: Using Drumming to Inspire Community.
- Weekend 4: Looking at Life and Death| The Roles of Caregivers | Being with Dying
- Weekend 5: Launching Your Business—Marketing Yourself and Your Music
- Weekend 6: Integrating What We’ve Learned
- Weekend 7: Closing Ritual
Two Levels of Commitment
After completing the course, and gaining an intimate understanding of the Village Song Method, you’ll receive a graduation certificate. At this point, you’re qualified to employ the spirit of the method anywhere you go and to use ideas you’ve gleaned from the training, but you can’t claim to be a qualified practitioner.
To work as a fully qualified practitioner, you’ll need to become a Certified Village Song Practitioner, a designation that requires a personal evaluation of your skills by a Village Song Trainer. To be certified, you’ll need to prove your knowledge of the Village Song’s curriculum and your ability to apply it. You can accomplish this in a number of ways, including demonstrating your skills directly with memory care patients.
Get Certified. Become a Practitioner.
Becoming a Certified Village Song Practitioner takes more time and dedication but it’s well worth it. The designation allows you to take the Method wherever you’d like, even if you personalize it. You’ll also be able to use the Village Song logo in your marketing materials and, as the program grows in reputation, your practitioner certification will become increasingly valuable.
Reap the full benefits of the training and enjoy a meaningful career as a Certified Village Song Practitioner.
Lior Tsarfaty, Musician, Teacher, Founder
An international touring musician and recording artist, Lior has always viewed music as more than entertainment. For Lior, it’s also been a profound source of healing. So when he left his native Israel in 2009 to study in California, it was to deepen his understanding of music as a vehicle for transformation.
As a student at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Lior enrolled in the Voice Sound and Healing Music Program. He also explored the field of body-oriented psychotherapy, attending the Hakomi Institute of California.
After finishing these programs, Lior applied what he learned as an assistant to renowned Bay Area singer-songwriter-teacher Jennifer Berezan, helping Jennifer with her class “The Healing Ecstasy of Sound.” At the same time, Lior broadened his scope by working with a wide range of spiritual organizations, teachers, and artists, including Chochmat Halev, a Jewish renewal spiritual center; Patti Cathcart (of Tuck and Patty) and Roshi Norman Fisher.
Having been a journalist and radio broadcaster in Israel, before coming to the U.S., Lior set about employing music as a tool for peacemaking and, in 2014, released his debut album “Lior Tsarfaty & The Prayer Songs Project,” which brought together—in perfect harmony—Israeli, Moroccan, Indian, Canadian and American musicians. His second album, which he hopes to release soon, is a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian musicians.
Over the years, Lior has used the healing power of music to make a difference for the homeless, for kids, for hospice patients, and more recently for elders. Five years ago, he began taking his music to Alzheimer’s communities in the Bay Area, and the response has been overwhelming.
Village Song is the logical and spiritual culmination of all Lior’s done, as one thread has run through his vibrant life, and that is a commitment to music as a powerful instrument for change and healing.