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Music, Wellness, and Aging
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Online publication date: October 2021
  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online ISBN: 9781108953290
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Book description

Music is a metaphor that connects people to a profound sense of life. In this book, music intersects with wellness and aging as humans adapt to life changes, stay engaged, remain creative, and achieve self-actualization. Along with discussion of cutting-edge research, the book presents stories and interviews from everyday people as well as professional and non-professional musicians. It discusses individual and social wellness, age-related and pathological changes in health, music therapies, personal resilience and growth, interpersonal and community relationships, work and retirement, spirituality, and the psychology of aging. The case studies show how music, wellness, and aging connect to define, direct, and celebrate life, as these three concepts allow people to connect with others, break down barriers, and find common ground.


'Occasionally we encounter a book that transmits not only knowledge, but also touches upon a deeper level of personal experience. The authors share a history of living with music. They help us reconnect with music, which will endure, with its inspiring, comforting, and reconciling presence.'

Jan Baars - Extraordinary Professor of Aging, University of Humanistic Studies, Netherlands

'This book is a joy to read. In clear, compelling language, the authors explain the pathways by which music brings coherence, joy, healing, and growth to our lives. Packed with evidence and personal stories, the volume is a fabulous achievement and a significant addition to the field.'

Andrea Creech - Professor of Music Pedagogy, McGill University, Canada

'This is an extraordinary treatise on the impact of music and aging on our lives. The authors achieve a beautiful balance between humanism, science, and spirituality in a writing style that is universally accessible. The book is an inspiring guide to achieving balance and wellness in oneself and society.'

J. Todd Frazier - Director of the System Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA

'The authors have masterfully examined complex topics, presenting insightful research and demonstrating music's unique ability to positively influence wellness throughout the aging process. Professional and recreational musicians seeking a broader understanding of music's transformative characteristics will benefit from this impactful resource.'

Susan Hochmiller - Assistant Professor of Voice, Gettysburg College, USA

'This clever book explains music and music therapy through a scientific lens and personal stories. It provides intriguing insights and an optimistic view on aging and personal growth. What a gift!'

Hanne Mette Ridder - Professor of Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark

'Warning: this book may inspire you to dust off an old musical instrument, join a choir or unearth your vinyl collection…'

Katie Overy - Director of the Music in Human and Social Development Research Group, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

'This is a major study which develops a compelling argument for the importance of music in promoting health and wellbeing. The authors provide a stimulating and original argument about the transformative power of music. It is an important reference for academics and practitioners alike.'

Chris Phillipson - Professor of Sociology and Sociology Gerontology, University of Manchester, UK

'The authors have managed to weave current social issues and scientific, philosophical, spiritual, and psychological literature together into one magnificent symphony. It is a beautiful homage to the power of music. This is a truly wonderful source for both scholars and music lovers!'

Toru Sato - Professor of Psychology, Shippensburg University, USA

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