Developing skills and confidence through music.
by Dr. Stuart Favilla
In conjunction with Wyndham Council’s Ageing Well facility in Tarneit, Swinburne’s Future Self program developed a number of tablet-based music interactions, to involve those living with dementia. Tablet software control systems were developed to allow for expressive music to be played alongside a pre-recorded keyboard performance, as substitutes for keyboard touch and note duration. Participants were provided access to a range of different musical genres to practice, where no prior musical experience or knowledge was required, before participants performed a Bach double concerto at the Tarneit Ageing Well Centre’s Christmas concert.
The development of these skills over a number of weeks suggested to researchers that those living with dementia have the potential to develop and retain musical knowledge and performance skills over time, leading to the possibility of increased stimulation for those with this condition.