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“Musical co-creation”? Exploring health-promoting potentials on the use of musical and interactive tangibles for families with children with disabilities

Author(s): Karette Stensæth

Journal: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-Being
ISSN 1748-2623

Volume: 8;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Co-creation | universal design | participation | tangible interaction | Information and Communications Technology | disability | music | health

The point of departure in this text is the ongoing qualitative interdisciplinary research project RHYME (, which addresses the lack of health-promoting interactive and musical Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for families with children with severe disabilities. The project explores a new treatment paradigm based on collaborative, tangible, interactive net-based musical “smart things” with multimedia capabilities. The goal in RHYME is twofold: (1) to reduce isolation and passivity, and (2) to promote health and well-being. Co-creation is suggested as a possible path to achieving these goals, by evoking feelings, for example, or accommodating the needs to act and to create social relations; co-creation also motivates users to communicate and collaborate within (new) social relations. This article engages co-creation by incorporating aspects connected to interaction design and the field of music and health. Empirical observations will be referred to. The research question is as follows: What might co-creation imply for families of children with disabilities when musical and interactive tangibles are used as health-promoting implements?
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