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Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life for Senior Citizens

C. Victor Fung and Lisa J. Lehmberg


This book addresses the impact of musical experiences on the quality of life of senior citizens. “Evergreen Town,” a retirement community in the southeastern United States, serves as the backdrop for three research studies examining the role of music in the lives of its residents: a two-phase study (survey and focus group interview) and two in-depth case studies (a church choir and a bluegrass group). Evidence suggests that music participation does indeed play an important and positive role in the quality of life of senior citizens. The authors incorporated the literature from the fields of mu ... More

Keywords: lifelong learning, music education, musical experiences, music participation, quality of life, retirement community, senior citizens, new mindset

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199371686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Victor Fung, author
Professor of Music Education, University of South Florida, Tampa

Lisa J. Lehmberg, author
Assistant Professor of Music, University of Massachusets, Amherst

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Part I Setting the Stage

Part II Looking into a Retirement Community

Part III Case Studies of Two Contrasting Musical Groups

Part IV Toward a New Path for Music Education