Adapting choral singing experiences for older adults: The implications of sensory, perceptual, and cognitive changes

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Abstract

As people age, they naturally experience sensory, perceptual, and cognitive changes. Many of these changes necessitate adaptations in designing programs for older adults. Choral singing is an activity that has many potential benefits for older adults, yet the rehearsal environment, presentation style, and content of material presented may need to be modified in order for older adults to participate to their fullest. The purpose of this article is to discuss sensory, perceptual, and cognitive changes that may occur in old age and, based on the implications of these changes, provide recommendations on designing a choral singing experience for older adults. I offer suggestions for adapting choral singing experiences based on empirical evidence as well as my own experience leading a choir for mature singers with Parkinson's disease. Adaptive strategies are given so those working with older adults might help mature singers more fully participate when engaging in choral singing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-212
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Music Education
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • ageing
  • choral singing
  • cognition
  • gerontology
  • older adults
  • perception
  • sensory changes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music

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