Professional Excellence in Meaningful Music in Healthcare

ProMiMiC investigates the professional development of musicians and nurses through person-centred improvisation in hospital settings.

ProMiMiC builds on pioneering practice developed by the research group Lifelong Learning in Music of the Hanzehogeschool Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen. Their work – Meaningful Music in Health Care (MiMiC) – is based on small groups of musicians playing person-centred improvisations for patients and nurses in hospital settings. Research has demonstrated that this person-centred music making can be put into practice effectively in a medical setting and that it provides meaning for all participants as well as reducing experiences of pain in patients.

ProMiMiC develops the MiMiC practice, aiming to offer musicians and nurses new opportunities for professional development. It caters to the need of musicians and nurses to collaborate and to learn from each other, as well as to use person-centred live music as a catalyst for compassionate patient relationships. With the further professionalisation of musicians and nurses, ProMiMiC aims to establish the MiMiC practice as suitable for widespread implementation in hospital care, contributing to developments such as person-centred care, positive health, and increased employability of musicians in social contexts.

Working in collaboration with CW+ (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s charity) and partners across Europe, the RCM strand of the project focuses on musicians working in maternity wards at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The project includes the participation of RCM alumni and students, providing them with training and support for working with live music in hospital maternity settings and researching the impact of their engagement on learning, professionalization, and employability.

Project team

Rosie Perkins, RCM (PI)
Rineke Smilde, Hanze University (PI)
Erik Heineman, UMCG
Marie Louise Luttik, Hanze University
Martin Prchal, Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Jet Quarles van Ufford, HMC
Thomas Stegemann, mdw
René van Munster, Stichting Mimic


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Haaglanden Medisch Centrum (HMC)
Hanzehogeschool Groningen
Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Stichting Mimic Muziek
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw)

Supported by 

Dutch Research Council

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