Leading Creative Music Workshops with the Elderly: Exploring a Double Balancing Act

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The present study attempts to explore the field of creative music workshops with the elderly. A growing amount of research has been carried out into running (creative) workshops, and besides we know a lot about the elderly and ageing. The aim of this research is to gather knowledge on the merging of both subjects, creative music workshops with the elderly in the so-called ‘fourth age’. In particular, this research project has been carried out as a study of a potential professional field for musicians and music educators. For this reason the research objective is focused on the position of the workshop leader and what is needed to run creative music workshops with elderly in residential homes for the elderly successfully. We therefore aim to explore aspects connected to this practice such as entrepreneurship, musicianship and leadership.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherResearch Group Lifelong Learning in Music & the Arts
Number of pages94
ISBN (Print)978-94-91090-00-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • music education
  • elderly people
  • lifelong learning
  • creative music workshops

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