ProMiMiC: ProMiMiC - Professional Excellence in Meaningful Music in Healthcare

Project: Research

Project Details


Live music in the hospital? MiMiC - Meaningful Music in Health Care - is precisely that: a small group of musicians playing person-centred improvisations for patients and nurses. In the patient rooms musicians create 'tailored-made’ music in interaction with patients, based on their preferences, memories, etc. This provides valuable moments of aesthetic experience and meaning, for patients and for nurses and musicians.

The research group Lifelong Learning in Music of the Hanzehogeschool Groningen and the UMCG have developed and researched the MiMiC practice for patients in surgical wards since 2015. Person-centred music-making can be put into practice in a medical setting and appears to be meaningful for everyone involved. Patients experience less pain and feel better. In addition, this innovative practice offers musicians and nurses new opportunities for professional development. For this reason we aim to perform ProMiMiC.

ProMiMiC caters to the need of musicians and nurses to improve their collaboration and to learn from each other, as well as to use person-centred live music as a catalyst for a compassionate patient relationship. With the further professionalisation of musicians and nurses, the MiMiC practice will become suitable for widespread implementation in hospital care. This can contribute to developments such as Output-Oriented Care, positive health, and increased employability of musicians in social contexts.

In the consortium, highly qualified knowledge institutions in the field of music and of healthcare from three countries are brought together. Together they have the expertise to conduct applied research into professionalisation of the MiMiC practice in a rich context. This will lead to an improved performance of the MiMiC practice and the subsequent education of students and professionals in music and care. It will enable musicians and nurses to become excellent professionals through person-centred live music in healthcare.

Layman's description

​Het onderzoek Meaningful Music in Health Care (MiMiC) biedt kansen voor interprofessionele samenwerking van musici en verpleegkundigen. Daarnaast blijkt MiMiC ook tot een versterkt contact tussen patiënten en verpleegkundigen te leiden en tot een toename van compassie van verpleegkundigen. Wat houdt deze interprofessionaliteit precies in en hoe kan deze worden verder vorm krijgen?

In Professional Excellence in Meaningful Music in Healthcare (ProMiMiC), beoogt een internationaal consortium van partners uit de muziekwereld en de gezondheidszorg de bestaande live muziek praktijk van MiMiC steviger te verankeren in ziekenhuiszorg. De partners bestaan uit instellingen voor muziekvakonderwijs en ziekenhuizen uit Groningen, Den Haag, Londen en Wenen.
Samen hebben alle partners de expertise om praktijkgericht onderzoek naar professionalisering van deze muziekpraktijk uit te voeren. Daarmee kan een bijdrage geleverd worden aan ontwikkelingen als uitkomstgerichte zorg, positieve gezondheid, en een bredere maatschappelijke inzet van musici.
Short titleProMiMiC
Effective start/end date1/09/1931/08/23

Collaborative partners

  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences (lead)
  • University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Surgery
  • University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Health Science, Health Psychology Section
  • Koninklijk Conservatorium - Royal Conservatoire
  • Royal College of Music, London
  • University of Music and Performing Arts
  • Nursing Diagnostics


  • Healthy Ageing
  • Musicians
  • healthcare
  • music
  • music and wellbeing
  • music profession


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