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Making Music for Older People


The power of engaging in music, whatever our age – this is obvious to everyone I know who is active making music in one way or another. But there is still work to be done in generating the hard evidence that will persuade others who are further away.  And policy makers clearly need to be informed in weighing up the comparative benefits of different interventions they enable. There is some good news relating to music improving the quality of life of older people.  Research that I was involved with some time ago, exploring the impact of engaging in music amongst older people, has been extensively published (for full details see my journal publications list), and one article has now been made available free.  "Does active engagement in community music support the quality of life of older people?", published in Arts & Health has been included in an online article collection featuring the most downloaded articles published in Routledge Health & Social Care journals in 2014. The article will be freely available until the 30th June, 2015, via

In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.