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Music for LifeMusic Participation and Quality of Life for Senior Citizens$
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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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Impact of Music Participation on Quality of Life

Impact of Music Participation on Quality of Life

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(p.13) Chapter 2 Impact of Music Participation on Quality of Life
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Music for Life
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C. Victor Fung

Lisa J. Lehmberg

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371686.003.0002

This chapter presents literature relative to the impact of music participation on the quality of life of senior citizens. The authors discuss quality of life from a measurement standpoint, as well as contemporary perspectives on senior citizens and learning, and the relationship of these perspectives to the types of musical experiences in which senior citizens participate. The authors review the physical, psychological, and social impacts of music participation, discussed across the fields of music education, music therapy, lifelong learning, gerontology, social psychology, religious studies, and medicine. They also discuss the connections between senior citizens’ current involvement in music and musical experiences in earlier years. A brief summary is presented at the end of the chapter, including the authors’ perspective on music and specific aspects of aging.

Keywords:   impact of music participation, physical, psychological, social, lifelong learning, earlier years, music education, aging, quality of life, senior citizens

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