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The Contributions of Senior Citizens' Musical Experiences and Learning Processes to Quality of Life: A Case Study of a Senior Citizens’ Church Choir

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The purpose of this qualitative case study was to investigate senior citizens' musical experiences and learning processes, and the contributions of these to quality of life. Participants included senior citizens who were members and former members, as well as the current director and a previous director of a church choir in a retirement community in the Southeastern United States. All were aged 50 or older. Themes that emerged from semi-structured individual interviews included the following:
1. There was a strong relationship between choir members’ participation in music in younger years and their participation in music in older adulthood. All choir members had enjoyed membership in school or church choirs in younger years.
2. The learning processes of participants appeared to be related to musical group and/or type of music participation. These processes were mainly teacher- or conductor-directed, and had remained relatively stable across participants’ lifetimes.
3. Membership in this particular choir was of high importance in the perceived quality of life of study participants. The choir felt like a second family to participants, serving as a network through which they received psychological support and friendship, as well as a medium through which they expressed their spirituality with like-minded others. In addition, members enjoyed the opportunity to perform a variety of music with quality musicians and directors.
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Lehmberg, Lisa. "The Contributions of Senior Citizens' Musical Experiences and Learning Processes to Quality of Life: A Case Study of a Senior Citizens’ Church Choir" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISME World Conference and Commission Seminars, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece, <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p547749_index.html>

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Lehmberg, L. J. "The Contributions of Senior Citizens' Musical Experiences and Learning Processes to Quality of Life: A Case Study of a Senior Citizens’ Church Choir" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISME World Conference and Commission Seminars, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p547749_index.html

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Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative case study was to investigate senior citizens' musical experiences and learning processes, and the contributions of these to quality of life. Participants included senior citizens who were members and former members, as well as the current director and a previous director of a church choir in a retirement community in the Southeastern United States. All were aged 50 or older. Themes that emerged from semi-structured individual interviews included the following:
1. There was a strong relationship between choir members’ participation in music in younger years and their participation in music in older adulthood. All choir members had enjoyed membership in school or church choirs in younger years.
2. The learning processes of participants appeared to be related to musical group and/or type of music participation. These processes were mainly teacher- or conductor-directed, and had remained relatively stable across participants’ lifetimes.
3. Membership in this particular choir was of high importance in the perceived quality of life of study participants. The choir felt like a second family to participants, serving as a network through which they received psychological support and friendship, as well as a medium through which they expressed their spirituality with like-minded others. In addition, members enjoyed the opportunity to perform a variety of music with quality musicians and directors.


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