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Everyone deserves music: the role of music in the lives of two older Australians

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The role that music plays in the lives of two older Australians is explored. Based on interview data, the lived musical experiences of a professional musical performer whose life has been immersed in music is contrasted with an amateur listener of music who, later in life, has turned to presenting music appreciation to retirees. Despite their very different ways of engaging with music in later life, similar themes in their musical experiences emerged, namely: their engagement with music is a social experience; a sense of agency in the way they engage with music is valued; music is an integral part of their lives; there is an emphasis on the importance of learning and maintaining music knowledge and skills; and music is seen as being important in the lives of other people.

Keywords: ageing; gerontology; music appreciation; performer; phenomenology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Monash University.

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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