These are two of the many films made by my students as part of my latest research project which sits at the crossroads of applied ethnomusicology, experiential ethnography through film, and studies of dementia and creative aging. Now in its second year, I have carried out this research in conjunction with service learning undergraduate courses in Maine and Indiana. In my course "Music and Memory: Studying Music and Alzheimer's through Film," my students and I work to help make personalized iPod playlists for residents with dementia at continuing care centers, documenting these experiences through sensory approaches to filmed ethnography.
The films not only document the experiences of reconnecting individuals to the music they most love, but also document the way this research facilitates meaningful intergenerational relationships between college students and elders and their families. Our hope is that these short ethnographic films, shared here and through various public channels, can be used to help raise awareness about the transformative power of music as a vehicle for wellness and healing, and to advocate for the importance of initiatives that promote creative aging. We also are actively working to use these films, and a series of grants and fundraising, to encourage other facilities to affiliate with the nationwide Non-Profit Organization Music and Memory. For further comments and questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The two films below were shot in Waterville, Maine in Spring 2016. More films to come soon!
For more information on the project see this April 2017 News Story from Inside IU: https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/04/iub/inside/12-music-and-memory-jennie-gubner.html