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The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 1$
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Alan Walker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314721

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314721.001.0001

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Engagement in musical activities

Engagement in musical activities

(p.103) Six Engagement in musical activities
The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 1

Susan Hallam

Andrea Creech

Policy Press

This chapter sets out the findings from the Music for Life project. This explored whether participation in community music making enhanced the social, emotional and cognitive well-being of older people. 398 people aged 50+ completed questionnaires that included two measures of well-being, prior to and following nine months of active engagement with music. A control group (N=102) completed the same measures. In- depth interviews were carried out with participants, observations of musical activities, focus groups and interviews with the music facilitators. Higher scores on the measures of well-being were found consistently amongst the music participants, in comparison with the control group. Interviews revealed that music participants attributed significant social, emotional and health benefits to their music making.

Keywords:   Music, Community Participation, Healthy Ageing

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