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C. Victor Fung and Lisa J. Lehmberg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199371686

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371686.001.0001

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Music Education and Quality of Life

Music Education and Quality of Life

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Music Education and Quality of Life
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Music for Life
Author(s):

C. Victor Fung

Lisa J. Lehmberg

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371686.003.0001

The opening chapter provides a framework built from the field of music education as new challenges and opportunities arise as a result of dramatic increases in (a) the awareness of music education activities outside of schools in the community, (b) the availability of a variety of musical genres, (c) the availability of time to participate in music as life expectancies continue to extend, and (d) technological advancement that reshapes the definition of music and helps to increase access to music. The chapter provides rationales for considering the music experiences of senior citizens. It also offers an overview of senior citizens’ music participation in the United States. Definitions of music education, music participation, quality of life, and senior citizens are offered broadly. These definitions are specific to this book.

Keywords:   community, life expectancies, music education, music experiences, music participation, musical genres, quality of life, senior citizens, technological advancement

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