Can you hear us? Virtual person-centred music making with vulnerable elderly people, and their carers and family

Project: Research

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With the project Can you hear us? Stichting Mimic Music, Stichting Dignis and the research group Lifelong Learning in Music of the Hanze University Groningen want to expand, professionalise and anchor an existing collaboration of virtual person-centred music making, in order to decrease loneliness amongst elderly people living at home or semi-independently. During the first lockdown in The Netherlands in Spring 2020, the three partners together started a virtual person-centred music making practice for isolated elderly people and their carers and family. Principles of the practice build on experience with and research into new, innovative, person-centred music practices for vulnerable elderly people (see a.o. Smilde et al., 2014; Smilde et al., 2019; Dons, 2019). Person-centred music making consists of musicians playing (potentially arranged) repertoire of all kinds of genres and improvise new pieces 'in the moment' and tailor-made for the people that are present. Can you hear us? further develops this initiative.

Short titleCan you hear us?
Effective start/end date1/01/2131/01/22


  • music
  • music and wellbeing
  • COVID-19
  • lockdown
  • person-centred music
  • virtual music-making
  • dementia
  • loneliness
  • healthcare


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