A Study of Creative Aging-Based Elderly Music Participation for Amateur Traditional Music Club: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology Approach (78883)

Session Information: Aging and Gerontology
Session Chair: Shally Zhou

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 09:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The global challenge of aging accentuates the imperative for elderly involvement in society, a central theme in gerontology. Within this context, creative aging emerges as a vital component for achieving a more humane and fulfilling aging process. Despite the well-established positive impact of the arts on the lives of senior adults, existing research still needs to encompass diverse non-Western and cross-cultural perspectives and has often overlooked the nuanced influence of social environments on creative aging.
Amateur music clubs, vital threads in life's fabric, unite music and social bonds, embodying creative aging. However, member motivations and experiences need exploration. Using hermeneutic phenomenology, this study delves into how elders' varied music engagement shapes creative aging.
Hermeneutic phenomenology uniquely explores how individuals interpret life in amateur music clubs. By using in-depth interviews, expert consultations, and field surveys, the study aims to understand participant experiences comprehensively. Thematic analysis interprets the underlying life experiences, bringing observed phenomena to life through repeated reading and analysis.
The qualitative data highlights that varied motivations of participation result in diverse music learning trajectories, ultimately leading to distinct benefits. Beyond music, the study underscores the pivotal role of non-musical learning activities within amateur music clubs. These activities are integral components shaping the multifaceted experiences of older adults in their creative aging journey. The findings offer valuable insights into the complex dynamics that underpin the relationships between older adults, music participation, and the broader socio-cultural context.

Cheng-Han Ho, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Ms CHENG-HAN HO is a University Postgraduate Student at NCKU, National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan

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