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MacPhail, Eastman Cited in Article on Older Adult Musicianship

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Apr 28, 2017

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal examines the rise in older adults studying music, citing the work of MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis, MN) and New Horizons, originally a program of Eastman Community Music School (Rochester, NY).

According to the article, “Given today’s longer lifespans, it’s reasonable for most people to think that if they start playing an instrument in their 50s, they can keep on playing and improving for decades, whatever instrument they choose. Moreover, a growing body of research suggests that playing an instrument or singing in a choir can enhance emotional well-being, brain health, cognition and hearing function.”

MacPhail serves 15,500 students and, as the article notes, “some 2,000 of whom are 55 or older and are enrolled in the school’s Music for Life division.” Furthermore, “about 350 of those students come to the school itself for lessons and classes. The others are served through partnerships at long-term-care and assisted-living facilities and other such programs in the area.”

Learn more about MacPhail, New Horizons, and older adult musicianship by reading the full article.

About MacPhail Center for Music

MacPhail Center for Music is one of the nation’s oldest and largest community-based music education non-profits. From our inception in 1907, we have grown to become a passionate organization at the forefront of music education and appreciation for the arts. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we pride ourselves on being a community resource for music learning, events and community partnerships. Serving more than 15,500 students across the state with over 132 different community-partnership programs, we have been an influential leader in music therapy, Suzuki Talent Education, Sing Play Learn with MacPhail™ and community partnership programs.

About Eastman Community Music School

The Eastman Community Music School consists of three divisions. The Early Childhood Division is comprised of classes geared to children from 4 months through elementary school. The Preparatory Division provides instruction for pre-collegiate students from middle school through high school. A wide array of coursework in theory, ensembles, jazz and music history complements private instrumental or vocal instruction in this division. The Adult Education Division serves students from college age and up. Available courses in music theory, music history, composition, jazz and ensembles provide amateur and avocational musicians diverse opportunities.

Photo credit: Eastman Community Music School, Rochester, NY

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