(2011) Music for Life Project: The role of participation in community music activities in promoting social engagement and well-being in older people

in Qualitative
Susan Hallam, Andrea Creech, Helena Gaunt, Anita Pincas, Maria Varvarigou, Hilary McQueen

Presents findings from the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Music for Life Project. The aims of the project were: to explore the way in which participating in creative music-making activities can enhance the lives of older people; to consider the extent to which this may impact on social, emotional and cognitive well-being; and to consider the specific processes through which this occurs. Key findings from the research included: measures of well being were consistently higher amongst the music participants (n=398) than amongst the comparison group (n=102); there was some positive change over time on quality of life measures, for those involved in musical activities; participants reported social, cognitive, emotional and health benefits of participation in music; some barriers to participation were identified, relating to access to information, structural, dispositional and social issues.

Published by the NDA Research Programme. Nda findings #9. November 2011.



music, well-being, creativity, music-making

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