A Novel System for the Elderly to Learn Playing Electronig Musical Instrument in Ensemble

Naomi Takehara, Tomoko Ichinose, Kakuko Matsumoto, Ryuhei Okuno, Shinichi Watabe, Katsumi Sato, Tsutomu Masuko, Kenzo Akazawa

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    Abstract

    This study presents a novel system that lets the elderly with no previous formal knowledge of music perform in ensembles using a newly developed electronic musical instrument called Cymis. The new system consists of a music conductor, players, an interface, and touch screen PCs. A guide bar on each screen indicates the ideal tempo, and players can achieve a synchronous performance in the ensemble by following the guide bar. The difference in time between the ideal playing of each note and a player's performance is measured on each PC. We gave five elderly individuals opportunities to play Cymis and found that they learned to play ensemble easily. All of the subjects enjoyed playing in musical ensembles and displayed a keen interest in continuing to use Cymis after the study. The Cymis ensemble system will allow the elderly to enjoy musical ensemble and contribute to future studies on dementia prevention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 International Conference on Culture and Computing, Culture and Computing 2017
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages163-169
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538611357
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 19
    Event2017 International Conference on Culture and Computing, Culture and Computing 2017 - Kyoto, Japan
    Duration: 2017 Sep 102017 Sep 12

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - 2017 International Conference on Culture and Computing, Culture and Computing 2017
    Volume2017-December

    Other

    Other2017 International Conference on Culture and Computing, Culture and Computing 2017
    Country/TerritoryJapan
    CityKyoto
    Period17/9/1017/9/12

    Keywords

    • dementia prevention
    • elderly
    • musical ensemble
    • musical instruments

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Media Technology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Human-Computer Interaction

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