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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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The Pickers and Grinners

The Pickers and Grinners

A Bluegrass Group

(p.160) Chapter 7 The Pickers and Grinners
Music for Life

C. Victor Fung

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study of a bluegrass group using an ethnographic approach. The group was well established and well liked in Evergreen Town. Being committed, prepared, flexible, and friendly were some of the qualities of the group members. Their musical histories could be characterized as played-stopped-played, continuous, or new discovery around and after the event of their retirement. They learned their music mostly through an autonomous, learning-by-ear orientation. They made many decisions about their own musical learning. Participation in the group was part of a social network and a musical network, connecting their musical experiences of the self and others. The strong social network, the drive to be better and move forward, the commitment to music and to the group, the confirmation of their identity, and the availability of free choices all contributed to the group members’ quality of life.

Keywords:   autonomous, commitment, drive, ethnographic, free choices, identity, learning by ear, musical histories, quality of life, social and musical network

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