Singing and companionship in the Hawthorn University of the Third-Age Choir, Australia

Joseph, Dawn and Southcott, Jane 2015, Singing and companionship in the Hawthorn University of the Third-Age Choir, Australia, International journal of lifelong education, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 334-347, doi: 10.1080/02601370.2014.991951.

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Title Singing and companionship in the Hawthorn University of the Third-Age Choir, Australia
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn
Southcott, Jane
Journal name International journal of lifelong education
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 334
End page 347
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0260-1370
Keyword(s) active music engagement
interpretative phenomenological analysis
social connections
Summary The international University of the Third Age (U3A) embodies the principles of lifelong learning and personal fulfilment amongst members. The research reported in this article focused on the Choir of the U3A Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia and the benefits perceived by members undertaking this active music engagement in non-competitive choral singing. This small-scale phenomenological qualitative case study is part of a wider study of active arts engagement by older people that began in 2008. This study was undertaken in 2013 and revealed that participants decided to join the group for a range of factors including a positive attitude to singing, convenience and a desire for social connectedness. Those interviewed considered ongoing choir membership an effective use of leisure time that also provided opportunities for shared learning and personal validation. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) and are reported under two themes: music engagement and social connections. Membership of the Hawthorn U3A choir provided participants opportunities for friendship, companionship, happiness, a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02601370.2014.991951
Field of Research 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio Economic Objective 940103 Ageing and Older People
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2014
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