ERIC Number: EJ898046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Music and Identity Formation in Older Adults
Dabback, William M.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v9 n2 p60-69 Sep 2010
For many individuals, engagement with the arts and music in later life plays a significant role in identity formation. Research indicates that music engagement facilitates successful aging. While participants may or may not establish identities as musicians, musical activities provide interactions and opportunities that facilitate their self-images as healthy older adults. Further examination will clarify the psychosocial means by which people form identities through music and identities as musicians as well as the actual influence that music has on those processes. As music educators come to understand how seniors use music in identity creation, they will begin to understand how they can design and implement programs for them. The root of the question lies in the purposes of music education.
Descriptors: Music Activities, Role, Adults, Individual Development, Retirement, Music, Musicians, Music Education, Self Concept
MayDay Group. Brandon University School of Music, 270 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9, Canada. Tel: 204-571-8990; Fax: 204-727-7318; Web site: http://act.maydaygroup.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A