The PCN researchers are implementing GAME, an improvisation-based piano learning method intended for people with a cochlear implant. It was developed by Robert Harris from the research group Lifelong Learning in Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. The PCN research team will investigate GAME’s potential benefits for this patient group’s perception of speech and music, as well as for their quality of life.
Through networks such as the European Piano Teacher’s Association, a large number of certified piano teachers can be reached and asked to adopt and apply the GAME approach.
The collaboration with Embrace Nederland, an organization promoting the use of music to increase the quality of life of vulnerable individuals such as older adults with dementia, allows access to a wide network of amateur and professional musicians, students, and healthcare professionals.
The PCN’s existing collaborations with cochlear implant manufacturers allows for efficient communication with cochlear implant users and healthcare professionals.