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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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Juxtaposing the Graceful Singers and the Pickers and Grinners

Juxtaposing the Graceful Singers and the Pickers and Grinners

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(p.207) Chapter 8 Juxtaposing the Graceful Singers and the Pickers and Grinners
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Music for Life
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C. Victor Fung

Lisa J. Lehmberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371686.003.0008

This chapter is a synthesis of the two contrasting case studies presented in the previous two chapters. Although the two musical groups were very different, they shared many common qualities, such as a welcoming environment, dependency on excellent listening skills, profusion of socialization, and committed members. Participants of these groups were constantly balancing between music and nonmusic activities, receiving benefits and giving back to the community, fulfilling their physical needs and their mental needs, group activities and being alone, and various activities and rest. They sought and maintained an optimal balance for themselves. Domains of the Quality of Life model were revealed in both case studies. In addition, availability of free choices and supportive context should be added to the model to reflect the contributors of quality of life found in these case studies. This synthesis led to a conclusion that music participation is an essential contributor to quality of life.

Keywords:   balancing, contrasting case studies, free choices, music participation, optimal balance, quality of life, supportive context

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