The Midifly System: from play to the interplay, a new road to intersubjectivity
Musictherapy aims to develop the potential and/or residual functions of the persons.
They can better achieve intra- and interpersonal integration and consequently can improve the quality of life thanks to a preventive, rehabilitative or therapeutic process.
There are different approaches to therapy.
MidiFly® represents a new approach to the study of behaviors and possible therapeutic solutions.
In particular, it has been tested in patients with cognitive problems such as autism and others degenerative diseases.
In the music therapy set the midifly is in the center. Patient and operator can interact by acting on the virtual grid.
The grid can be used on both sides. This fact allows users to mirror themselves and start a fruitful sound dialogue.
MidiFly® requires adequate training for its use. At the end of the training the operator receives a Certification that enables him to use Midifly® using the "MidiFly System" protocol.
The "Midifly System" is a protocol created by Dr. Stefano Navone, Dr. Mariangela Lippolis and Dr. Stefano Ianne.
All our tests and studies are performed in our headquarters on Valencia (ES) and in Schio (Italy).
"Midifly technology: a new relational dimension in rehabilitation with music"
(Ianne S. - Navone S. - Lippolis M.)
With the advent of powerful sensor-based computing tools and real-time interactive music systems, gradually more attention has been devoted to combine Music Therapy with sonification, especially in neurological rehabilitation. The basic theoretical assumption of the authors is that the active Music Therapy setting consists in the continuous correlation of three relational dimensions: Interplay as sound interaction, Intercorporeity as body mirroring and Intersubjectivity as sharing emotional states.
The "MidiFly System" conceived by the authors aims to become the technological point of reference for this vision. MidiFly® provides the projection of a virtual infrared screen on which the patient and the therapist, facing each other with simple hand movements, can simultaneously produce predefined sounds while at the same time exploiting body symmetry and mirroring.
The first step was the study of the feasibility and acceptance of this approach in a preliminary clinical investigation with patients with stroke and neglect. We realized that the possibilities of application of MidiFly® are numerous, particularly with patients with acquired brain injuries and motor deficits, taking into consideration the theoretical bases of cross-modal interactions and the spatial representation of pitch height.
Since with MidiFly® the music therapist has the ability to set the composition of the screen in many ways, it also offers the possibility of combining functional rehabilitation and the relational dimension in an integrated and personalized therapy that also focuses on the recovery of motor skills, synchronization and spatial awareness.
who is Stefano Navone
Certified Musictherapist, Trainer and Supervisor in many Music Therapy schools in Italy, he has more than 50 publications to his credit and has been a speaker at about 60 national and international conferences. Music Therapy professor at the Conservatory of Ferrara and L'Aquila and coordinator of the course of the InArteSalus association and of the InArteSalus Research Group; he was Italian Country Representative in EMTC (European Music Therapy Confederation) from 2010 to 2013. He is currently the President of Confiam (Italian Confederation of Music Therapy Schools and Associations)
who is Mariangela Lippolis
Mariangela Lippolis, born in Acquaviva delle Fonti (Bari, Italy) in 1989.
At the age of ten she began to dedicate herself to the recorder instrument at the “Niccolò Piccinni” Conservatory in Bari, where she obtained the post-graduate degree in 2010.
Her experiences in the field of early music are several throughout the Italian country: among them are divulgation and teaching activities, performances in early music festivals, awards winning (e.g. 2nd prize for the First National Recorder Competition organized by ERTA, Padua 2009), participations in baroque orchestras and ensembles and in theatre plays.
Besides, she graduated in Psychology in 2015 with a thesis on the latest didactic and methodological applications of teaching music to students with dyslexia, work based on observations of the Milan Conservatory's lesson system. Afterwards, she attended the Master Course in Music Cognition and Neurosciences at the University of Pavia (2015) and accomplished a Master Degree in Music Therapy of Neurorehabilitation at the Ferrara Conservatory (2019). She also made a one year period of Music Therapy traineeship at the Rehabilitation Center “Casa dei Risvegli Luca de Nigri” in Bologna, with whom started a collaboration to find specific music therapy resources for patients with Spatial Neglect, the subject of her final thesis of the Music Therapy career.
Currently, she lives in Valencia (Spain) where she’s carrying on her Doctoral Program in Music Education Research about the use of new music technologies in special education. She is registered with the AVMT (Valencian Association of Music Therapy) and with the AEPMIM (Spanish Association of Music Psychology and Musical Interpretation).
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