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Music and Wellbeing in Everyday Life: An Exploratory Study of Music Experience in Ghana

Florian Carl
Rosemond Kutsidzo


In this paper we highlight the experience of music in everyday contexts in Ghana.
Using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) and semi-structured interviews, we examined how people experience and use music in everyday life in potentially beneficial ways to enhance subjective wellbeing. In contrast to previous research where music’s self-regulatory role has been highlighted primarily in the context of solitary music listening, for the participants in our study music also played a crucial role as a form of social and participatory performance practice. This was particularly evident in the strong connection between music, religion, and social

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