Music Therapy Day 2015

Music Therapy Day bannerMusic Therapy Day was first launched on 11 April 2010. Since then, it has become an important event in the association’s calendar to promote and celebrate the profession annually.

This event is an opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities of AMTS to the community.

This year we celebrate music therapists working in diverse settings. They will share how they collaborate with other professionals for a holistic, and person-centered approach.

The opening act of the event will be a band called Rubber Band, the resident band of Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH). We will also have music therapists and their collaborators share about how MT integrates with other disciplines in different settings.


Learn about some of the common techniques used in Music Therapy and join us for a day of fun and making music. We end the event with a song and attendees will also have the opportunity to speak to music therapists after the event.


Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music (BMGIM) Level 1 Residential Training 2015

Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music (BMGIM) Level 1 Residential Training 2015
Date: 14 June to 19 June 2015
Location: Montfort Centre
Limited to 12-16 participants only!
Restricted to only music therapists or allied health professionals.
For enquiries please contact
Click here for more details about the event (PDF)
Cost: $1500 (early bird before 31 Jan 15); $1700 (regular)

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AMTS’ guide to being a music therapist

Getting trained as a music therapist requires a long-term commitment and good preparation. This is one of the most common question asked by people we have met – “How do I become a music therapist?”

1. You need to be able to play an instrument.

Most postgraduate admissions require at least Grade 8 standard for your main instrument, and intermediate competency on piano and/or guitar. Undergraduate programs in US might have lower requirements, so check early with the institution to be sure. If you don’t satisfy that criteria, you need to start by getting some basic lessons on guitar, piano, and voice!

2. Where should I study?

Many institutions offer music therapy courses. AMTS adopts a neutral stance towards the course. As long as you are eligible to register as a music therapist from the country of training, it is considered a recognised course. You can locate the institutions from some selected countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. There have been local scholarships awarded to music therapists for studies from NCSS. We are looking into having local postgraduate training. To stay informed when we launch the course, complete the survey here.

3. Masters or Undergraduate?

It depends on when you decide to pursue music therapy. If you are looking to do a masters course, it is strongly encouraged that you have taken psychology units in your undergraduate studies. If you are a career switcher, you may often progress to the Masters training directly.

*Some postgraduate programmes in USA are in fact advanced training (i.e requiring you to have a  undergraduate degree in MT). As mentioned, it depends on your budget, your preference. There is no ‘better’ school over another. However Masters graduates will generally command a higher pay locally due to payscale pegged to qualifications.

4. Attend our public events.

Best way to meet many music therapists working in varied settings. Feel free to ask us questions about our experiences studying and working. We have an event coming up on November 22 as well as the annual Music Therapy Day in April 2015. For events, please check out our Calendar.

5. Arrange for an observation / volunteering opportunity

We work in many places. If you look at our sidebar, you may contact any of the workplaces directly for an observation. Music therapists are not able to help you arrange for an observation at their workplace. The term ‘Clinical Internship’ are for current MT students fulfilling their practicum hours.

Please state you are looking for observation / volunteering opportunity. That clears up a lot of confusion for administration and us!

6. Read music therapy blogs.

There are plenty of great music therapy bloggers out there who write about their work. Google them and find out what they do. It is a great way to learn about understand the profession. If you are inclined to be more research oriented, you may look up PubMed or to read more scholarly writings.

7. Work on Personal Growth

Finally, music therapists require skills of reflexive and critical thinking throughout the training and in their professional work. During the audition/interview you will inadvertently get questions regarding yourself, your values, and plans in life. Do you know yourself well enough? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a person? Do you really know why you want to be a music therapist?

8. Job Prospects?

We have one of the highest percentage of full-time music therapists around Asia and the world. Although we are not yet a recognized profession by the AHPC, organisations and institutions are extremely supportive of the work. This is due in large part to the rigorous practical and research training we receive. We need more local music therapists to return to fill jobs and start projects with interested organisations.

– Evelyn Lee, RMT

Special thanks to Ashley Spears and Melanie Kwan for their additional input!

Music Therapy, Young People and Families with Special Needs – Talk and Workshop

Come join us with two very esteemed speakers from Australia for a day of experiential workshop, and engaging talks on music therapy and young people.

Date: 22 November 2014
Venue: AWWA Resource Centre, 11 Lorong Napiri, S547532
Time: 9am – 5pm
Fee: $80 (early bird before 1 Nov) / $90 (regular) inclusive of light lunch & refreshments
Register: or call 6511 5310


Associate Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran is Head of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Along with more than 50 articles in refereed journals, and 20 books/book chapters, Dr McFerran is a world expert in research, theory and practices of music and young people.

Dr Grace Thompson is a lecturer and coordinator the Masters in Music Therapy course. Dr Thompson is also President of the Australian Music Therapy Association and has published in high impact journals about family-centered approaches to music therapy with young children and their families.

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