Being well, being musical: Music composition as a resource and occupation for older people


Habron, J. , Butterly, F. , Gordon, I. and Roebuck, A. (2013) Being well, being musical: Music composition as a resource and occupation for older people. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, volume 76 (7): 308-316


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Introduction: Participatory music making for older people has tended to focus on singing and performance. In a community music project undertaken by Manchester Camerata (a chamber orchestra), Blacon Community Trust and a small group of older adults, participants were given the opportunity to compose individual pieces of music interactively with professional musicians. This paper reports the findings of the research project. Method: An arts-based research method was adopted and incorporated action research and interpretive interactionism to articulate the experiences and perceptions of participants. Participants and Manchester Camerata musicians also worked together to represent the thematic findings of the research in a group composition. Findings: The findings demonstrate that individual and group music composition contributed to a sense of wellbeing through control over musical materials, opportunities for creativity and identity making, validation of life experience and social engagement with other participants and professional musicians. Conclusion: The results emphasised occupation as essential to health and wellbeing in the later stages of life. The findings also highlight the particularly innovative aspects of this research: (i) the use of music composition as a viable arts-in-health occupation for older people and (ii) the arts-based research method of group composition.



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Item TypeArticle
TitleBeing well, being musical: Music composition as a resource and occupation for older people
Authors Habron, J. (profile-link for )
Butterly, F.
Gordon, I. (profile-link for )
Roebuck, A. (profile-link for )
Uncontrolled Keywordsageing, arts-based research, arts-in-health, community music
Departments Faculty of Health and Life Sciences/Occupational Therapy
Art and Design
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Art and Design/Performing Arts
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DOI10.4276/030802213X13729279114933
ISSN0308-0226 (print), 1477-6006 (online)
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Deposited on 22-May-2014 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 19-Sep-2016

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