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Bugos Studies Music, Aging

Jennifer Bugos, associate professor in the ECU School of Music, has received a grant to study the role of music instruction on successful aging.

The two-year study will be funded by a $115,206 grant from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago, which serves the needs of older persons in the U.S. and works to enhance their quality of life.

The purpose of the project is to develop a model music program that promotes successful aging through enhancement of bimanual coordination, lifelong learning, individual creativity, self-efficacy and social skills.

Over a two-year period, three trial programs will be included in the project, including group piano instruction, music listening instruction and structured musical auditory rhythmic training.

Bugos’ research interests include the neurological basis for music perception and cognition with regard to human development, lifespan learning and cognitive transfer.

Her research has been featured at national and international conferences such as the National Association for Music Education, the Society for Neuroscience, the International Society for Music Education, and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition.

Bugos teaches undergraduate and graduate students and pursues research at the ECU School of Music.

Those interested in participating in this study can contact Bugos at 252-328-5721, or

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 1, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at