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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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A Big Picture from Evergreen Town

A Big Picture from Evergreen Town

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(p.63) Chapter 3 A Big Picture from Evergreen Town
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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/9780199371686.003.0003

This chapter is a report of the survey portion of the study, based on 308 respondents in a large retirement community located in the southeastern United States. A key feature of this study is that both music participants and nonparticipants took the survey, which included the Quality of Life Scale and questions on demographics, history of music participation, and reasons for music participation or music nonparticipation. Analyses suggested that there was a significant but modest relationship between senior citizens’ music participation and their perceived quality of life. Furthermore, the duration of their music participation yielded a significant relationship with quality of life, but not the number of musical groups involved in the past. Those who did not participate in music were aware of the benefits of music participation and attributed their nonparticipation to circumstances beyond their control or their belief that they were not musically talented.

Keywords:   benefits of music participation, music nonparticipation, music participation, musically talented, Quality of Life Scale, retirement community, senior citizens, survey

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