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Perceived benefits of active engagement with making music in community settings

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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.

Keywords: community; health; learning; music; seniors; social interaction; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.5.2.155_1

Affiliations: Institute of Education, University of London

Publication date: August 30, 2012

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