Three Australian community choirs : ageing, singing and well-being

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2012, Three Australian community choirs : ageing, singing and well-being, in Research on the Island : Proceedings of the XXXIVth Annual Conference Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, Norfolk Island.

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Title Three Australian community choirs : ageing, singing and well-being
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, Dawn
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education. Conference (34th : 2012 : Norfolk Island)
Conference location Norfolk Island
Conference dates 3-5 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings Research on the Island : Proceedings of the XXXIVth Annual Conference Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education. Conference
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education
Place of publication Norfolk Island
Summary The promotion of social engagement amongst older Australians is a national priority. Music is a powerful social mechanism that allows individuals and communities to affirm identity, gain a sense of belonging, and share history and culture. Community choir membership offers older people opportunities to connect with others and share a sense of purpose that can enhance their sense of well-being and potentially reduce their experience of social isolation. This paper explores the understandings of well-being, positive ageing and community music making held by members of three choirs in Victoria; Australia. The choirs selected for this discussion are the Coro Furlan, the Skylarkers and the Bosnian Behar Choir. Data have been collected via semi-structured interview with members of the three choirs and analyzed using interpretative Phenomenological Analysis which employs a phenomenological approach that explores personal experience in the participant's life-world. analysis of the combined data identified two broad common themes: First is the personal impact that choir membership has for the individual which includes the building of friendships and opportunities to learn and share music. The second theme concerns the contribution that the choir can make to others in their local community. Thus older singers are provided with a way to be both engaged, validated and appreciated by their contemporary society. Choir participation is an effective way for individuals to express themselves, engage with each other, improve their quality of life, transmit cultural heritage, and build community.
Language eng
Field of Research 190408 Music Therapy
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050049

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