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ERIC Number: EJ1102263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2379-9021
Making Music as an Adult: What Do the Spouses Think?
Rohwer, Debbie
Texas Music Education Research, p40-46 2013
The purpose of the current study was to describe perceptions of adult band member spouses concerning musical participation to obtain a contextual and socially integrated picture of lifelong learning in music. Forty-two band member spouses took part in the study. The sample consisted of 15 males and 27 female spouses with an age range from 50 to 87 years (M = 69.09, SD = 8.80) who had been married an average of 41 years (ranging from 10 to 64, SD = 13.62). While 31 of the spouses were retired and 31 of the band members were retired, there were four couples that had a retirement mismatch; two of the couples were composed of a retired male spouse and a nonretired female band member, and two couples were made up of a non-retired female spouse and a retired male band member. The questionnaire comprised 23 questions in several formats, including quantitative, short answer, and open-ended queries Descriptive statistics including means, standard deviations, ranges, and percentages were used to analyze the quantitative data. Band spouses noted similar perceived musical and social benefits to those cited by band members in previous literature. In general, spouses thought band participation was a favorable hobby for their husbands and wives. The only activities that were perceived as more important to the spouses were hobbies that the couples could partake in together. [Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association (San Antonio, TX, Feb 2013).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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