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Local instrumentalist shares music at Cedar Crest

Tassie Livingston takes music everywhere she goes

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February 21st, 2012

Tassie Livingston began ' playing piano more than ' six decades ago at the ' age of 3. A lifetime musician ' of both piano and flute, ' Tassie s life has always included ' music. So when she moved to ' Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living ' community in Pompton Plains, ' N.J., she wasn t about to leave her ' mid-grand piano behind.

A musical life

Tassie s passion for music ' rings in her voice. She started ' playing flute in middle school ' and quickly favored the wind ' instrument. After receiving her ' bachelor s degree in music education, ' she taught music until ' she had children and while her ' late husband Donald received ' his doctorate in psychology. Once her children were ' grown, she wanted to return to ' work. I almost became a music ' therapist, she says. But Donald ' encouraged her to try something ' else and to save music for recreation. ' So I received my masters ' in counseling and was a guidance ' counselor for 23 years. For recreation, she and Donald ' played in the West Morris ' Community Band and the Union ' Community Band. She continues ' to play with them today. Now that she s retired and has ' moved to Cedar Crest, she wants ' to sharpen her skills and share ' music with her new neighbors. I hadn t played piano for ' a long time, but I insisted on ' bringing it. I wanted to start ' playing again, she says. She and her piano moved into ' a two-bedroom, Manchester-style ' apartment home last fall. I ' have a piano room, a computer ' and TV room, and a bedroom, ' she says. Her apartment also has ' a full kitchen and two bathrooms. Now settled, Tassie plays ' for Cedar Crest s extended ' care neighborhood once a ' week and hopes to start an ' instrumental music group.

Sharing gifts

Music is so therapeutic. ' It s great recreation, and Cedar ' Crest knows that, she says, ' referring to a number of musical ' groups, from the Cedar Crest ' Chorale and Cedar Crest Singers ' to church choirs and the Harmonicats, ' a harmonica group. Like many of the 180-plus activities ' at the community, music ' groups allow people to share ' their hobbies or learn new ones. ' Before moving, most community ' members led busy working ' lives, including house and yard ' maintenance, and didn t have ' time for hobbies. But now, like ' Tassie, they can pursue those ' passions again and share them ' with peers. Cedar Crest, a community ' of around 2,000, encourages ' residents to share [their] gifts to ' create a community that celebrates ' life. Classrooms, workshops, ' and other activity rooms ' provide meeting space, and ' knowledgeable, helpful resource ' coordinators provide assistance ' for any resident interested in ' starting a new club or group. ' The coordinators will ' schedule ' rooms and help market the club ' through bulletin boards and the ' on-site community TV station. Tassie hopes to garner interest ' in an instrumental music ' group that would meet once a ' week to play. Ten people would ' be ideal, but it depends on the ' instruments, she says. She has ' already recruited a trumpet ' player, clarinetist, cellist, and ' general instrumental musician. People don t have to be great ' performers, she says. The important ' thing is to enjoy playing ' and being together.