Doctoral Thesis: The perspective of a Generation Experience affecting on an Individual’s Personal Music Significances, and how it reflects to the Musical Values of the Age Group


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15 000,00


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Project start date: 01/01/2019

Project end date: 31/08/2019


Summary

In my Doctoral Thesis "The perspective of a Generation Experience affecting on an Individual’s Personal Music Significances, and how it reflects to the Musical Values of the Age Group" I research how familiar songs from childhood have a remarkable cultural significance and impact on individual’s welfare. The framework of this study are founded on ethnographic oral history studies and comprehensive human conception. The methodological approach of my study is participant observation and in-depth interviews. I will interview and sing along with Finnish and Swedish elderly people, who have lived their childhood during Second Wold War’s Post War times in 1945-1959.

In my Master’s Thesis (Tammela 2018), I discovered that the picture of the times and values of the society have a significant influence on songs used in Formerly in the Finnish school system in 1940’s and 1950’s. These values reflected not only in the topics and contents of commonly used songs, but also in the memories of the interviewees. (Tammela 2018.) I in my Doctoral Thesis I suggest that Finnish elderly have a shared value system regarding to music taste and this should be taken into consideration when choosing music for elderly in sheltered homes. These values should also be taken into account in Finnish health care system.

Songs from the childhood could stimulate elderly people’s memory functions and increase their well-being, like earlier studies which have demonstrated that compared to non-musical atmosphere patients with dementia were able to recall life events better with music which they had chosen themselves (Sihvonen et al. 2014; El Haj et al. 2013). Singing also improved the emotional wellbeing of dementia patients (Särkämö et al. 2014) and a study demonstrates that familiar music activates healthy person’s frontal lobe interior greater than an unknown song (Plailly et al. 2007).

Keywords: music, cultural significance, welfare, gerontology, shared value system, childhood memories


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