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ERIC Number: EJ1024545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Adapting Choral Singing Experiences for Older Adults: The Implications of Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Changes
Yinger, Olivia Swedberg
International Journal of Music Education, v32 n2 p203-212 May 2014
As people age, they naturally experience sensory, perceptual, and cognitive changes. Many of these changes necessitate adaptations in designing programs for older adults. Choral singing is an activity that has many potential benefits for older adults, yet the rehearsal environment, presentation style, and content of material presented may need to be modified in order for older adults to participate to their fullest. The purpose of this article is to discuss sensory, perceptual, and cognitive changes that may occur in old age and, based on the implications of these changes, provide recommendations on designing a choral singing experience for older adults. I offer suggestions for adapting choral singing experiences based on empirical evidence as well as my own experience leading a choir for mature singers with Parkinson's disease. Adaptive strategies are given so those working with older adults might help mature singers more fully participate when engaging in choral singing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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