Can you hear us? Person-centred music making through video-calls with vulnerable isolated elderly people and their carers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Karolien Dons (First author), Krista de Wit, Beste Sevindik, Rosie Taekema

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As a result of the COVID-19 measures, many people experienced social isolation and a lack of meaningful contact, especially vulnerable elderly people. For a specific group of musicians specialized in person-centred artistically-led participatory practices in healthcare settings, this sparked the exploration of migrating their live practice online, by making use of video-calling technology. From a ‘lifelong learning’ perspective—which considers musicians as being capable of responding to societal change by creating new, meaningful artistic practices—such a sudden migration from offline to online, under the exceptional circumstances at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, created an instant challenge for the musicians to demonstrate their flexibility and adaptability. On the other hand, the limits caused by the conditions and immediacy of this response, combined with a feeling of diminished humanness in virtual interaction, seemed to jeopardize the person-centred values that the work of this group is built upon.
This article explores this issue by expanding on the musicians’ flexibility towards personcentredness and their attempts to safeguard these values when they suddenly switch from a ‘physical’ to ‘virtual’ space.
Originele taal-2English
TijdschriftJournal of music, health and wellbeing
StatusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • muziekinterventie
  • covid-19
  • persoonsgericht musiceren
  • co-creatie
  • professionele musici
  • kwetsbare ouderen

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