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Studies suggest that playing an instrument as a child and sustaining musical activity as an adult may enhance thinking ability (Hanna-Pladdy & Grady, 2012). Other research suggests that musical participation can reduce stress and provide valuable social support (Bittman, 2005; Ghetti, Hama, & Woolrich). Still other research suggests that musical participation can improve mood and decrease anxiety (Bruhn & clari, 1999Koga, 2005). Finally, studies have shown that active music making can reduce stress, improve mood, and even decrease burnout (Bittman, 2005; Bittman et al., 2003). Given that music making appears to be an effective health and wellness strategy, the University of Kentucky School of Music has created a recreational music-making program designed to emphasize expression, group support, and quality of life enhancement through active music making. This program, adapted from the Yamaha Clavinova Connection model, is geared toward adults ages 50 and over. These adults will learn to play the piano in a group format that incorporates traditional teaching methods as well as advanced technology. Learners will also be able to interact with trained pianists through the University of Kentucky faculty and student body.
Effective start/end date1/15/1312/31/13


  • American Association of Retired Persons: $35,000.00


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