Group music making in nursing homes: investigating the experience of higher education music students

Paolantonio, P. and Cavalli, S. and Biasutti, M. and Williamon, A. (2022) Group music making in nursing homes: investigating the experience of higher education music students. International Journal of Community Music, 15 (1). pp. 113-142. ISSN 1752-6299 (print) 1752-6302 (online)

Abstract

A significant number of studies suggest that engagement with music, in its different forms, can play an important role in terms of health and well-being for a diverse range of people, including older adults. Research focusing on the impact of these activities on the practitioners, namely the musicians carrying out the interventions, is at a more preliminary stage. This study investigated how tertiary-level music students experienced group music making with residents in nursing homes. A music team delivered ten weekly music sessions in four nursing homes, focusing on singing, rhythm-based activities with percussion instruments and listening to short, live performances. The team was composed of an experienced workshop leader, a researcher and nine student musicians enrolled in an elective seminar. Qualitative data were collected from the students through semi-structured interviews and oral diaries and analysed using thematic analysis. The results show that the overall experience had a positive impact on students in both professional and personal dimensions. The findings are discussed using the lenses of mutual recovery and the PERMA model of well-being.

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