'The power to heal us with a smile and a song': Senior well-being, music-based participatory arts and the value of qualitative evidence

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dc.contributor.author Lally, Elaine en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-16T04:59:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-16T04:59:11Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2009003162 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Lally Elaine 2009, ''The power to heal us with a smile and a song': Senior well-being, music-based participatory arts and the value of qualitative evidence', Intellect, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 25-44. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1757-1936 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/11865
dc.description.abstract Sweet Tonic is a singing-based participatory arts initiative based in the southwest of Sydney, Australia. This paper reports on a qualitative evaluation of the thirty-week workshop series. It provides qualitative evidence of the outcomes of the programme, linking these to recent debates about `evidence-based policy? approaches. It argues that, although Sweet Tonic is undoubtedly a beneficiary of the instrumentalist turn in arts policy, this framing also traps the programme into defining its success or failure in instrumentalist terms. It is suggested that, although such accounts are often dismissed as `anecdotal?, in fact the most powerful evidence of the impact of a programme like Sweet Tonic is contained in the accounts of personal experience of participants in the programme. It is therefore necessary to understand the complexities of evidence in cultural policy, and to develop new language to talk about evidence that doesn't unnecessarily privilege quantitative or statistical forms at the expense of qualitative evidence. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Intellect en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.title 'The power to heal us with a smile and a song': Senior well-being, music-based participatory arts and the value of qualitative evidence en_US
dc.parent Journal of Arts and Communities en_US
dc.journal.volume 1 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Bristol, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 25 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 44 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 190408 en_US
dc.personcode 107032 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Music Therapy en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords seniors, well-being, singing, evidence, creativity en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 107032 en_US


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