ERIC Number: ED289769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Music in the Creative Lifestyles of the Elderly.
Johnson, Janice E. Sims
Music activities for the elderly can stimulate creativity and help develop independence, self-confidence, and a sense of accomplishment. This study includes: (1) an attempt to learn the uses of music by and for older adults through an exploration of programs and activities that either have been or currently are being implemented; (2) an examination of the need to develop more music programs that could be incorporated into the daily life styles of the elderly; and (3) an examination of the effect of these programs on the educational needs of future music teachers. This thesis attempts to dispel myths associated with older adult learning ability, memory, and self-concept and summarizes the importance of lifelong education. Formal and informal music programs, the role and activities of retired music educators, and the continuing creativeness of specific elderly performers are examined in order to develop an understanding of older adult musical abilities. Model music programs are developed and each program's format contains a description of objectives, materials, activities, and teaching methods. Rationale and procedures for program evaluation and guidelines for music educators are described. Currently available resources are listed in an appendix, and a bibliography identifies 166 sources. (JHP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Norfolk State University, VA.