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Artreach Music Program


Artreach Music Program Director Dick Pape is a career musician who has also worked in the mental health field. We are very lucky to have him on our team. Dick organizes Artreach's Annual Music Showcase; leads the Jazz group; and teaches guitar and bass lesson. He is also the band leader and lead guitar player for Shrink Rapt, one of two house bands that plays for up to 20 program member for the Music Showcase.

Annual Music Showcase, "Music Heals!"

Every year, Artreach members choose songs to sing with our fabulous house band! 2024's tunes ranged from Barbra Streisand to Bowie. There's something for everyone.

Concurrent with music showcase rehearsals, our art class mades art with a theme. The art is exhibited at the Music Heals Coffeehouse. 


Songwriting Classes


In 2015, Becca Atkins started teaching Songwriting classes at Artreach. For the past several years, she has been studying songwriting from several angles, including taking many classes through Berklee School of Music's Online school. She is sharing the tools of the trade with a group of Artreach members, who are working collaboratively to develop their songs.


Collaborative songwriting is a great skill that translates into many areas of life - it requires leaving your ego at the door, exploring each others' strengths, and learning "when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em." They are enjoying it so much that the group gets together for a second two hour study group between classes to work together on their songs!


Jazz Group and Guitar Lessons


Dick Pape leads a weekly intermediate level jazz group. The musicians get together for two hours and play songs from the Jazz "Real Books." This is a wonderful afternoon of music, and the musicians get to learn new things from each other and hone their chops and improv skills.


The picture to the left shows the jazz group (Becca and Chris down front, Alan and Dick in the back with guitars) performing at a local elderly housing facility.


Dick also teaches guitar and bass lessons when there is a group ready to learn to play.

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