Timeline of Music Therapy Development in Singapore

 

Timeline of Music Therapy Development in Singapore

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year * name of Music Therapist (country of origin): country of training; employer/scope of practice

 

1980s *the late Louisa Cheng (S’porean): private practice

1990-1991 * Judith Senway (New Zealander): AESN

1991-2007 * Audrey Ruyters (S’porean): trained in the U.K.; Rainbow Centre – Margaret Drive Special School

1992-2001 * Eudora Chiu (Hong Konger): trained in Melbourne; AESN, Rainbow Centre –  Balestier Special School, private practice

c. 1993-1996 Anne Greenhall: trained in Australia; AESN

1999- 2004 * May Goh (S’porean): trained in the U.K.; Rainbow Centre – Margaret Drive Special School

2001-2002 * Angela Mee Lee (Australian): Asian Women’s Welfare Association School (AWWA)

2001-2004 * Daphne Phua (S’porean): trained in the U.K.; Rainbow Centre Balestier Special School

2005 is when it starts to get more happening…

* Chen Hsueh-Lien (S’porean): trained in the U.S.; Asian Women’s Welfare Association School

* Patsy Tan (S’porean): trained in the U.S.; SGH “Music to the Ears” (MT program specially designed for hearing impaired individuals esp. those with Cochlear Implants)

* Ng Wang Feng (S’porean): trained in the U.S.; Beyond Social Services for At-risk youth

*2005-2007 * Ng Wang Feng at Rainbow Centre – Balestier Special School

* Clara Chong (S’porean): trained in the U.K.; St. Andrew’s Autism Center

2006~

* Ng Wang Feng started (Introduction to) Music Therapy elective module at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

2007~

* Loi Wei Ming (S’porean): trained in the U.K.; Rainbow Centre – Margaret Drive School

* Pamela Fisher (Australian): trained in Australia; St. Clare Special School and Gleneagles Hospital

* Melanie Kwan (S’porean): trained in the U.S.; Dover Park Hospice, KKH, Alexandra Hospital-KTPH; conducted Introduction to Music Therapy at Lasalle-SIA’s Professional Development Programme and at NIE (external programming). Runs a privately-owned company Sound Connexiones Music Therapy Services.

* Ng Wang Feng: National Cancer Centre (Cancer support group)

* Patsy Tan: National Heart Centre (heart failure support group; heart & lung transplant support group), Burns patients

* Association for Music Therapy (Singapore) AMTS founded with 11 pioneering members in September

2008~

* Ng Wang Feng started to conduct music programmes in conjunction with Health Promotion Board for the well-elderly

* Jenny Lee (New Zealander-Taiwanese): trained in New Zealand; Rainbow Centre – Balestier School, now called Yishun Park School

* Charissa Tan (S’porean): trained in the U.S.

* Gurpreet Kalsi (Malaysian): trained in the U.K., joins AMTS. Based in Sabah, Malaysia.

* AMTS has 10 locally-based active professionals, total membership at 14.

 * AMTS organized 2 public talks:      Singapore Art Cafe@Esplanade (English by Wang Feng), Teochew Association (Mandarin by Patsy)

2009

* MT talks at MOE Arts and Music Teachers’ Conference (English by Wei Ming)

* MT presentation to Singhealth Allied Health administrators (by Patsy, Melanie & Wang Feng)

* David Khlentzos (Australian): trained in Australia; Thye Hua Kwan Moral Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC)

* AMTS organized 2 public talks:  Radin Mas CC (Malay by Gurpreet), Bukit Merah CC (Mandarin by Wang Feng)

* Charissa Tan joins Leukaemia & Lymphoma Foundation

* Publication of Music Therapy Times, 1st issue of AMTS Newsletter in December

* AMTS joins World Federation of Music Therapy

* AMTS has 11 locally-based active professionals, total membership at 15.

2010

* Music Therapy Day April 11, 2010 with Dr. Clive Robbins as distinguished speaker

* Publication of Music Therapy Times, 2nd issue of AMTS Newsletter in June, 3rd issue in December.

* Charissa joins SGH.

* Ashley Spears (American): trained in US. Joins KKH.

* Wang Feng starts serving Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore)

* AMTS has 15 locally-based active professionals, total membership at 20.

2011

* AMTS submits bid to host World Congress of Music Therapy in 2014/2017.

* Publication of Music Therapy Times, 4th issue of AMTS Newsletter in June, 5th issue in December.

* Germaine Yong (S’porean): trained in Australia; Singapore Association for Mental Health.

* Ashley Spears (American): trained in US; KKH.

* AMTS’ 2nd Music Therapy Day 10 April at Lib@Esplanade

* Singapore’s 1st Music Therapy Healthcare Symposium

* Jacqueline Chow (Hong Konger): trained in Australia; Thye Hua Kwan Moral Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC)

* AMTS has 10 locally-based active professionals, total membership at 27.

 2012

* AMTS’ 3rd Music Therapy Day 15 April at Lib@Esplanade

2013 – 2014

To be updated!

To cite: Association for Music Therapy (Singapore) (2012)

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One thought on “Timeline of Music Therapy Development in Singapore

  1. Hello Lim,
    Thanks for your interest in music therapy. We’ve had many enquiries about local training in the past 2 years. Unfortunately until now, there are still no confirmed plans of local training. But there are plans to introduce a training programme in the near future..
    The prospective MT student should be one who really enjoys working with people, helping to promote their health. S/he should also be resilient, creative, ethical, and have solid music background (at the very least). To the best of my present knowledge, requirements will include at least Grade 6 in practical and theory, as well as other academic requirements. When we have more details, we will announce. Please check back with us again in a few more months’ time. Thank you for your patience!

    peace,
    Ng Wang Feng, MMT, MT-BC
    on behalf of AMTS

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