26 Jan Building Community Through Higher Music Education: a training program for facilitating music engagement among older adults
ABSTRACT: This article describes a seminar designed by a Swiss conservatoire in collaboration with local nursing homes involving residents and music university students in a 10-week group music making program. On the basis of the positive results to emerge in terms of health, wellbeing and career preparation, the authors aim to provide information relevant for colleagues to replicate this seminar in other higher music education institutions.This article also sheds light on the complexity of designing music students’ training so that they acquire the competencies needed to deliver meaningful, community-based initiatives alongside their other professional training commitments, and to provide directions for future research. The development and implementation of these points could foster the increase and sustainability of innovative programs beneficial for older adults, musicians and local communities.
AUTHOR SUMMARY: Paolo Paolantonio, Stefano Cavalli, Michele Biasutti, Hubert Eiholzer, Aaron Williamon