ISSN: 17526299
First published in 2008
3 issues per volume
Volume 5 Issue 2
Cover Date: August 2012
Perceived benefits of active engagement with making music in community settings
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Authors:  Susan Hallam And  Andrea Creech And  Maria Varvarigou And  Hilary McQueen 
DOI: 10.1386/ijcm.5.2.155_1

Keywords
seniors,music,well-being,health,social interaction,community,learning

Abstract
This article focuses on the reported benefits of participation in music activities, identified by participants of the Music for Life Project. The participants engaged in weekly music activities offered in three locations: two centres in London and one in the North of England. Their responses were collected through questionnaires and focus group interviews. Music participants attributed improvements in quality of life to active engagement with music, and a wide range of cognitive, social, emotional and physical benefits were reported. This article offers an insight into what participants said about improved health, social interactions, emotional support and learning that occurred as a result of active involvement in music.
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