'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, E
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-16T04:59:11Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Arts and Communities, 2009, 1 (1), pp. 25 - 44
dc.identifier.issn 1757-1936
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.
dc.publisher Intellect
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
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal of Arts and Communities
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 1
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 Music Therapy
dc.personcode 107032
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.description.keywords seniors, well-being, singing, evidence, creativity
dc.description.keywords seniors, well-being, singing, evidence, creativity
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Creative Practices and the Cultural Economy
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10


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