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Reflective dialogues in community music engagement: An exploratory experience in a Singapore nursing home and day-care centre for senior citizens

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Abstract:

This study documents a reflective journey of a community music programme initiated by a university music education faculty member and an occupational therapist within the setting of a nursing home and day-care centre in Singapore. Weekly music interaction sessions in conjunction with reminiscence therapy were conducted over a period of five months. The purpose of the study was to explore and examine the group music engagement process between the music educators and senior citizen participants. It was noted that the subsequent planning and execution of the programme catering to the social, cultural and historical contexts of the senior citizens created a mutual learning environment that brought enjoyment, social and physical engagement, social bonding, collective and personal expression, and empowerment to the senior citizens and the music educators.

Keywords: COMMUNITY MUSIC PROGRAMME; DEMENTIA; GROUP MUSIC ENGAGEMENT; HEALTH SETTING; REMINISCENCE THERAPY; SENIOR CITIZENS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.4.2.185_1

Publication date: 2011-07-01

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