Dr. Carol Beynon


Affiliation: The University of Western Ontario
Presentation: Research Paper Presentation
TitleTake these broken wings and learn to fly: Tracking the learning & retention of singers with dementia in an intergenerational choral program
Abstract: In this presentation we report on a study of learning in singers with dementia and their high school choral peers who rehearse and perform in a supportive intergenerational choral environment. Using the theoretical foundations of communities of practice and curriculum theory, we show how, through singing in an intergenerational environment, persons with dementia can move beyond temporary positive engagement and emotional presence, to active music learning and retention.

Biography: Dr Carol Beynon is an associate professor in music education at the Faculty of Education and the Sr Artistic Director of the Amabile Boys & Men's Choirs of London, Canada. She is a specialist in choral development, especially in male singing. Her research spans concepts of teacher identity, personhood, and the impact of learning through singing for persons with dementia.