Tap to the App Music in Hospitals and Care (Scotland)

Music in Hospitals and Care (Scotland)

Charity registered in Scotland SC038864

We are a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special schools and care homes.

In Scotland we deliver around 1,800 concerts a year to more than 36,000 people from Shetland to the Borders and most points in between. Working with 97 professional musicians, covering a range of genres and styles, we tailor programmes and musical interactions to meet the needs of our audiences.

We are a small charity with a big reach and rely on a wide range of income sources to fund our work all of which is managed from our Edinburgh office.

  • From 3rd April 2017 to 31st January 2017
  • Award: £8,447 via Call 4
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Project plan

Project description

Music in Hospitals Scotland believe that living in a care home should be a positive experience for people. But for many life in a care home is one of repetition and isolation. Tap to the App will enable older people in care home settings to develop the digital skills to build and share personalised concert programmes and evaluate the live concerts delivered. Skills gained will be navigating an app, email, digital photos and form filling. A part-time project co-ordinator will be employed to engage with residents in the homes and train volunteers. Using tablets the co-ordinator will support individuals to identify music and compile their concert lists and email these for inclusion in the concert. After the concert they will be assisted to complete an online feedback form, such as QuickTapSurvey, which also includes a facility for them to capture photos to include in this.

Tap to the App will provide not only the digital skills and confidence, disguised in a fun and practical activity, but a means to reconnect with those around them.

Project milestones

Phase 1

Recruitment of coordinator

Phase 2

Care homes identified and agreement signed (begin delivery phase)

Phase 3

Tap to the App concert programmes and evaluations completed (review and prepare for embedding)

Phase 4

Volunteer training, guide and preparation for roll out to other relevant venues and participants (embedded in our service)



Finalist in the Community Impact category for BT's Tech4Good Awards 2018, Tap to the App! has offered older people in care home settings the opportunity to develop their digital skills through a fun and creative approach to learning. Using live music and technology, participants were engaged in building and sharing personalised music programmes, composing and interacting with musical digital applications, documenting, and researching.

45 people took part in the workshops while a further 80 were involved in live concert sessions which our musicians delivered as part of the wider inclusion aspect of the project. Participants have particularly enjoyed hearing their song choices live and our musicians have worked hard to learn new material - this has resulted in a very positive reception by audiences and an increased response in interaction during sessions.

The participants' design of musical programmes featuring their handpicked choices of tunes and songs will now form the basis of live sessions delivered for MiHC's future beneficiaries.

We are now exploring the possibility of extending Tap to the App! to reach more people and to include younger audiences too.

Our project, now approaching its completion, will deliver the final concert on 12th April. We have delivered 25 workshops and 10 concerts to 125 individuals in care homes across Scotland. We have explored and used a wide variety of technology with participants learning how to use both creative applications alongside practical applications such as the internet and news sites. Participants have been involved in developing a project video which has enabled participants create, play, and record music, take photos, help set-up microphones, be interviewed, and edit photos too. Participants have particularly enjoyed hearing their song choices live and our musicians have worked hard to learn new material - this has resulted in a very positive reception by audiences and an increased response in dancing, singing, and laughing during concerts.

Milestone: May - June 2017, Care homes have been identified by Music in Hospitals
Initial discussions have taken place with potential partnership organisations, and a meeting on 11th July will aim to finalise agreements and plans to take this project onto reaching and passing its next milestone.

Project progress:
The Project Coordinator, who started in post in October 2017, has now met with staff at two care homes, one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh. Both homes have committed to the project and have identified the residents who will participate. The first concerts have now been arranged to take place at the end of November.

We are in the process of confirming details with a further two care homes in Aberdeen and are currently liaising with them on schedules for their concerts/workshops.

A list of suitable digital equipment required for the project has been confirmed and items will be purchased in November. Plans are in place to deliver our first digital skills workshop in early December.

Our digital work is delivered in partnership with: