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  • Writer's pictureAnita Connell

FREE music learning, adult programs

Are you aged 60-85 years? Would you like to learn how to play the piano keyboard?

We are running a free weekly program of music learning for older adults to learn the piano keyboard.

This is a research study we're conducting with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. We're looking at how far the creative input of participants in their music learning improves brain health and in particular, general cognition and executive functioning.

Participants must have less than 2 years of prior music training. Those with no musical training are very welcome to the study. Sessions will take place 2 times per week, 30 minutes each session and the learning will be held in groups and online. A small number of keyboards are available for loan.

As this is a research study testing how far participants' cognition and quality of life improve through music learning, participants will be asked to complete some online questionnaires pre and post the program. Those interested will be randomly asigned to a 4 or 8-week program of learning.

The program is facilitated by Anita Connell, Ph.D. student and music therapist at Tuned In Music Therapy.

If you'd like to read more detail about the study, you can visit THE MARCS INSTITUTE pages or contact anita directly at or

This research study has human ethics approval, no.H14560

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