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September 23, 2018

With a Desire to Learn Something New, St. Francis Commons Residents Take Piano Lessons!


OSWEGO – Musician, entertainer and instructor Larry Rapshaw has found a new group of eager students ready to learn to play the piano; it’s the residents at St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence.

Louise Warner practices her musical scales under the watchful eye of instructor Larry Rapshaw. Rapshaw has been giving piano lessons to Warner and a group of residents at St. Francis Commons that includes students with a wide variety of musical experience, but who all share a desire to learn something new!

Louise Warner practices her musical scales under the watchful eye of instructor Larry Rapshaw. Rapshaw has been giving piano lessons to Warner and a group of residents at St. Francis Commons that includes students with a wide variety of musical experience, but who all share a desire to learn something new!

The students, some with no previous musical experience at all, have taken to Rapshaw’s teaching method and found the process of learning to play a musical instrument energizing. They meet regularly for lessons, and take the opportunity to practice on their own using the piano found at the residence.

“We have a few participants who have played the piano in their youth and have already been able to play a few lines of a song while others have never played and are very excited at learning,” said St. Francis Commons Activities Director Peggy LiVoti. “Larry has the ability to combine experience and novice into one class and they are having a ball.”

Next up, students are looking forward to showing off their newly learned skills as they prepare for their first piano concert. LiVoti noted, “Folks have requested to learn Christmas music for a holiday performance!”

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence is a part of The St. Luke Family of Caring, an affiliation of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare providers serving the greater Oswego County area.

Located on the St. Luke healthcare campus in the City of Oswego, St. Francis Commons provides supportive housing and home care services in a comfortable, single-story residence accommodating individuals in fully equipped private or shared-private rooms, each with their own bath.

For more information, or to make an appointment for a tour, call (315) 326-0870. On the web at www.stfranciscommons.com

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