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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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Delving Deeper through Their Words

Delving Deeper through Their Words

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(p.76) Chapter 4 Delving Deeper through Their Words
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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/9780199371686.003.0004

This chapter reports on the focus group interview phase of the study, which involved 54 music participants interviewed within 14 focus groups and eight nonparticipants interviewed within two focus groups. All were senior citizens. Surprisingly, all participants had been involved in music at some point in their lives, and their participation was strongly influenced by family, church, and culture. Most had been involved in choral ensembles at some point, with music participants maintaining involvement in music throughout life, frequently in multiple groups at the same time. For music participants, involvement in musical groups provided an avenue for creativity, self-expression, and socialization. Music participants and nonparticipants alike were united in their belief that music is for all, and were worried about the future of school music education.

Keywords:   choral ensemble, church, creativity, culture, focus groups, influences on music participation, school music education, self-expression, senior citizens, socialization

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