University of Twente Student Theses


Enhanced Music Therapy

Velde, T. te (2017) Enhanced Music Therapy.

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Abstract:In the Netherlands, thirty thousand people suffer from Parkinson’s disease. These people suffer from various physical and cognitive problems. Regular physical exercise can alleviate these problems and can slow down the physical and cognitive decline of these patients. One method for physical exercise is music therapy. An example of this is TIMP, in which physical exercise is combined with the playing of musical instruments. In this research, ways to enhance this therapy through the addition of visual cueing were explored in order to make it more fun and engaging. These ideas were eventually developed into a system resembling a xylophone, that allowed its users to play along to a song. Along these visual cues, the effect of other features such as sound effects that played when a user was performing well was researched. User tests proved that the system showed promise. Firstly, visual cues proved to be usable by most people, as long as these are used in moderation. Secondly, most users responded positively to using this system. Thirdly, the sound effects seemed to motivate users from the target population. However, the current prototype is not as sensitive as it should be and playing it does not feel enough like playing an actual xylophone. Also, further testing should be done with a larger subject group.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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