Belonging to a Victorian community choir : ageing, music and culture

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2009, Belonging to a Victorian community choir : ageing, music and culture, in ANZARME 2009 : Proceedings of the XXXIth Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Annual Conference : 3-6 July 2009, Akaroa, New Zealand, ANZARME, [Akaroa, New Zealand], pp. 273-280.

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Title Belonging to a Victorian community choir : ageing, music and culture
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, Dawn
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education. Conference (31th : 2009 : Akaroa, New Zealand)
Conference location Akaroa, New Zealand
Conference dates 3- 6 July 2009
Title of proceedings ANZARME 2009 : Proceedings of the XXXIth Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Annual Conference : 3-6 July 2009, Akaroa, New Zealand
Editor(s) Power, Anne
Publication date 2009
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education Conference
Start page 273
End page 280
Total pages 8
Publisher ANZARME
Place of publication [Akaroa, New Zealand]
Summary Australia's ageing population created challenges for maintaining well-being and combating social isolation. Older Australians frequently rely on community arts organizations to enhance quality of life, specifically in health, happiness and community. Arts engagement takes place in many different contexts, from formal to informal and throughout the lifespan of the individual. Culture shapes the way in which we age and cultural identity is celebrated through the arts. This study will explore ageing and cultural diversity within Australian society through an examination of community arts engagement, specifically a community choir in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Much previous research concerning music engagement by older people has focused on its therapeutic applications, but there have been less attention given to healthy older people still living in communities. This paper reports on how music engagement can facilitate successful ageing be encouraging a sense of community, enhancing well-being and supporting cultural identity.
ISBN 9780980311662
Language eng
Field of Research 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, ANZARME
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024768

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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