UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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The Arts and Special Education is a series of forums that aim to discuss and investigate teaching methods and strategies in Arts Special Education; this includes but not limited to special needs and the gifted. Each forum will feature artists or practitioners from various disciplines of arts to share their works and experiences in Special Education. 


In the 6th session of this series will present a panel discussion on Music Therapy in Special Education. This panel will bring together 3 music therapists to share and discuss local  practices, challenges and issues in music therapy and special education.  

To attend, please register at: http://bit.ly/2wmjov6


About the panelists:

Kathryn Doyle: Katy is a board certified music therapist who moved to Singapore in September 2013 from St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Katy began working at Thye Hua Kwan Early Intervention Center in November 2013 where she is now the Senior Music Therapist. As a visionary and pioneer of expanding art services at THK, she champions implementing clinical music therapy services, using a behavior method to record each student's individual progress. She also provides adapted music therapy services and lessons to families outside THK during the weekend.


Jane Tan: Jane is a Music Therapist and an Orff- Schulwerk certified Music Educator. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with B(Mus)(Hons) under the Public Service Commission’s Overseas Specialist Award. Following which, she taught general and examination music at St Margaret’s Secondary School. She later served in the capacity of Head of the Aesthetics Department at the school and subsequently as an Arts Education Officer with the Ministry of Education.

Believing that music impacts a person at a deeper level, she pursued her Masters in Music Therapy at New York University, where she worked with different populations, including children with special needs and patients at Bronx Psychiatric Center. She resonates with the Nordoff Robbins Approach in Creative Music therapy which functions on the premise that every individual has the innate ability to respond to music.

Jane is currently working with both the elderly with dementia at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, as well as children, in private practice, through music therapy and education.


Loi Wei Ming: Wei Ming has 10 years of experience as a qualified Music Therapist in the Special Education field. She had a mid-career switch and was awarded the NCSS VCF Scholarship in 2006 to pursue a Post-Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, (Cambridge, UK). She completed her Masters in Arts (Music Therapy) in 2010, following her research on the effects of songs and improvisation used in music therapy on the communication skills for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She was the founding treasurer in the Association for Music Therapy (Singapore) and has co-authored "Developing Music Therapy as a Professional Allied Healthcare Discipline", published on the Journal of Music and Medicine in 2014. She has also presented at various platforms including the MOE Arts and Music Conference, Music Therapy Symposium and Music Therapy Day @ Esplanade Library. Recently in 2016, she participated as a co-researcher, looking at the Efficacy of Music for Improving Language in Children with Special Needs together with a Speech-Language Pathology Student from the National University of Singapore.

You can watch each session now here:





20 September 2017
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm Venue: Open Stage, Library@Esplanade. 8 Raffles Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 039802

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