Patsy Tan

Dr Patsy Tan

Researcher

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a United States of America board-certified and Australian registered music therapist with more than 20 years experience in healthcare and educational settings in the United States, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia. I have a good track record as a clinician, clinical supervisor, researcher and educator. I was a Senior Music Therapist at the Singapore General Hospital before my relocation to Adelaide. I pioneered medical music therapy in Singapore and established the first music therapy program specially designed for children with cochlear implants in SE Asia. For the past 11 years before my relocation to Adelaide, I worked closely with Neuro-rehabilitation department providing music therapy services to patients with stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease as well as those in Intensive Care Unit, General Medicine, Burns, Heart and Lung Transplant, and Geriatric Medicine at the Singapore General Hospital. I was involved in clinical research and also provided supervision to music therapy interns. Prior to my relocation to Singapore in 2005, I was working in the United States as a Music Therapist in both acute and long term care medical settings as well as aged care.

I welcome inquires from Music Therapy Masters and PhD Candidates interested in conducting research in: pain management during dressing changes in Burns Unit, Neuro-rehabilitation of stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and Parkinson's patients as well as other populations in acute medical and community settings.

My current projects include:

  • Effects of Music Therapy Intervention on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Perception of Mood and Pain in Cardiology Ward at the Royal Adelaide Hospital 

This study looks at the effects of music therapy on heart rate, blood pressure, perception of mood and pain of patients admitted to cardiology ward at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  This project is supported by the Centre for Creative Health at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as well as the University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium as part of the initiative to introduce and expand music therapy services as an evidence based allied health profession within the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

  • Looking at the Effects of Music Therapy Intervention in General Medicine ward at the Royal Adelaide Hospital 

This study looks at the effects of music therapy on the perception of pain, anxiety, depression and stress of patients in the general medicine wards at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This project is funded by a grant from The Hospital Research Foundation as well as a collaboration between University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium of Music and the Centre for Creative Health at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  

  • Pioneering Music Therapy Programs at the Royal Adelaide Hospital

Music therapy is relatively new in South Australia.  The Royal Adelaide Hospital has never had music therapy as part of their Allied Health programs.  Through the collaboration between the Centre for Creative Health at the RAH and the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, I pioneered music therapy programs in South Australia largest acute medical facility in October 2018.  To date, I have provided music therapy interventions to patients in General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Neuro-rehabilitation/Neurology, Cardiology, Burns, Orthopaedic and ICU.  I have also started placement program for music therapy students currently doing their Master of Music Therapy Program at the University of Melbourne.

  • Research under Exploration

I have a special interest in exploring the use technology such as artificial intelligence and Virtual Reality for music therapy interventions in acute and community settings. I have a long term collaborative research relationship with Professor Ye Wang at the National University of Singapore Computer Science Department where we work on developing computer technology for music therapy. I am currently exploring music therapy technology for Burns patients during dressing changes as well as for patients going through physical rehabilitation.

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Researcher University of Adelaide
    2018 Music Therapist Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2017 - 2018 Music Therapist My Therapy House ( Early Intervention), Adelaide
    2013 - 2018 Honorary Fellow University of Melbourne
    2011 - 2016 Music Educator/Music Therapist Canossian Schools for Hearing Impaired
    2005 - 2016 Senior Music Therapist Singapore General Hospital
    2005 - 2007 Auditory Verbal Therapist Singapore General Hospital
    2004 - 2005 Head of International Programs KLC International Institute (Former KLC School of Education)
    2000 - 2002 Music Therapist Ebenezer Hall, Minnesota USA
    1998 - 1999 Lecturer National Hsinchu Teachers College, Taiwan
    1996 - 1998 Music Therapist, Alzheimer's Program Coordinator Maplewood Good Samaritan Center, Minnesota USA
    1994 - 1996 Music Therapy Assistant University Good Samaritan Center, Minnesota USA
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Research Award Best Research Poster Award at The International Association for Music and Medicine Conference Chulalongkorn University Thailand
    2007 Recognition Teams Up! The best clinical team members in providing care to patients in ENT Centre Singapore General Hospital Singapore
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Cantonese) Can speak and understand spoken
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write and speak
    English Can read, write, speak and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 - 2003 University of Minnesota United States Doctor of Philosophy
    1994 - 1997 University of Minnesota United States Master of Arts (Music Education/Music Therapy)
    1992 - 1994 University of Illinois United States Master of Music (Music Theory)
    1989 - 1992 Ohio University United States Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude (Music Theory and Composition)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2016 RMT Registered Music Therapist Australia
    2008 NMT Certified Neurologic Music Therapist United States
    2008 NICU-MT Certified Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist United States
    2002 MT-BC Board Certified Music Therapist United States
    1997 RMT (USA) Registered Music Therapist United States
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2017 Leow, M., Low, M., Loi, C., Tan, P., & Tay, S. (2017). Development of a Music Therapy Program for Healthy Elderly in the Community: A Pilot Evaluation Feasibility and Acceptability. Music and Medicine, 9(4), Online.
    2017 Tan, P. L., & Ng, W. F. (2017). [Review of the book The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology by Hallam, S., Cross, I., & Thaut, M.] ISBN 978-0-19-872294-6 2016 UK: Oxford University Press 950 pages. Music and Medicine.
    2014 Kwan, M., Feng, N., Chiang, C., Loi, H., Lee, E., Spears, A., . . . Ruyters-Lim, A. (2014). Developing Music Therapy as a Professional Allied Healthcare Discipline: The Task Ahead for the Association for Music Therapy, Singapore. Music and Medicine, 6(1), 25-30.
    2014 Tan, P., Spears, A., Kwan, M., & Chiang, H. (2014). Music Therapy at SingHealth. Music and Medicine, 6(1), 31-39.
    2012 Ng, W., Zhou, Y., Tan, P., & Wang, Y. (2012). Using the MOGCLASS in Group Music Therapy With Individuals With Muscular Dystrophy: A Pilot Study. Music and Medicine, 4(4), 199-204.
    DOI
    2009 Tan, P. L. (2009). Music Therapy in the Hospital Setting: A Brief Overview. KK Hospital Review.
    2004 Tan, L. (2004). The Effects of Background Music on Quality of Sleep in Elementary School Children. Journal of Music Therapy, 41(2), 128-150.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2017 Tan, P., Baltutis, D., Cummings, A., & Herbert, K. (2017). Moo Baa Oink- a series of 12 books about animals performing different actions to help children learn language concepts through music and play..
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2012 Zhou, Y. S., Wang, Y., Sim, K. C., & Tan, P. (2012). MOGAT: Mobile Games with Auditory Training for Children with Cochlear Implants. In Proceedings of the international conference on Multimedia (MM '12). New York USA.
  • Recorded/Rendered Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2001 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Sing & Speak: Ms. Lola’s Our Day at School 1
    Authors: Gail B, Harris D, Tan P, Chen L, Hsieh C, Western M
    Place of publication: Taiwan ROC
    Publication date: 2001
    Extent: 1 CD
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: This is one of the Education CD published by Hess Early Childhood Research Center, Taiwan
    Record created at source: 2 May 2019
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2003 Tan, P. L. (2003). The effects of background music on quality of sleep in elementary school children. (PhD Thesis, University of Minnesota).
    1997 Tan, P. L. (1997). Case studies on the effects of rhythmic performance versus sing along on the wandering behavior of Alzheimer’s disease patients. (Master's Thesis, University of Minnesota).
    1994 Tan, P. L. (1994). Problems in strophic song writing as exemplified in seven musical settings to Goethe’s Kennst Du Das Land. (Master's Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

 

Date Project Name Investigator(s) Funding Body Amount
2018-2019 The Role of Music Therapy in Interventions to Mitigate Pain and Anxiety of Post-Operative Patients during Dressing Change at the Royal Adelaide Hospital  Patsy Tan, Ye Wang The Hospital Research Foundation  $118,469
2012-2016 The Effects of Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance in Group Therapy to Improve Upper Limb Function, Attention and Motivation of Patients in Rehabilitation Setting Patsy Tan, Yee-Sien Ng, Yi Chiong,Christal Chiang, Natalie Chew, Jessica Tan SingHealth Research Grant, Singapore $40,580
2011-2016 Music Therapy for Hearing Impaired Children from Needy Families Patsy Tan SingHealth Foundation, Singapore $100,000

 

Year Course

Course Level/Code

Institution Country
2017 - Ongoing

Music, Health and Well-being

Level 3 MUSGEN 3011 University of Adelaide Australia
2006-2016

Special Topics In Introduction to Music Therapy Course:

* Music Therapy with Hearing Impaired       Children

* Music Therapy in Rehabilitation

Level 3 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore
2016 The Role of Music Therapy and Importance of Music to Auditory, Speech and Language Development of Hearing Impaired Children in Aural/Oral Habilitation Post-graduate workshop for Music Therapists and Teachers International Association for Music and Medicine Conference in Beijing China
2014 The Role of Music Therapy and Importance of Music to Auditory, Speech and Language Development of Hearing Impaired Children in Aural/Oral Habilitation Post-graduate workshop for Music Therapists and Parents Mukogawa Women's University Japan
2008 Music Therapy Techniques in Auditory, Speech and Language Habilitation of Children with Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants Post-graduate:  Two-Day Workshop for ENT staff and  Lohguanlye Specialist Centre in Penang Malaysia
2004 Music and Second Language Acquisition in Early Childhood Level 1 KLC International Institute SIngapore
1998 Music Therapy in Special Education Settings Level 3 National Hsinchu Teachers' College Taiwan
         

 

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing External Supervisor Clinical Placement: Development of Music Therapy Programs in Cardiology Ward at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Royal Adelaide Hospital University of Melbourne Music Therapy Master Full Time Gerard Goh
    2019 - 2019 External Supervisor Music Therapy Clinical Placement Royal Adelaide Hospital University of Melbourne Music Therapy Master Full Time John Lattin
    2011 - 2012 External Supervisor Clinical Placement:Music Therapy As An Intervention to Improve Communication Skill for a Child ith Cochlear Implant Singapore General Hospital University of Melbourne Music Therapy Master Full Time Mui Keng Tan
    2011 - 2012 External Supervisor Clinical Placement: Music Therapy in Neuro-Rehabilitation Singapore General Hospital University of Melbourne Music Therapy Master Full Time Evelyn Lee
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2009 - ongoing Co-Founder Founding Member International Association for Music and Medicine United States
    2007 - 2017 Co-Founder Founding Member Association for Music Therapy, Singapore Singapore
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - 2020 Member Scientific Committee 6th International Association for Music and Medicine Conference United States
    2013 - 2014 Member Scientific Committee 3rd IAMM Conference in Toronto Canada
    2009 - 2009 Representative National Advisor Panel Committee Asian Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences Singapore
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Australian Music Therapy Association Australia
    2013 - ongoing Co-Founder International Association for Music and Medicine United States
    1994 - ongoing Member American Music Therapy Association United States
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Board Member Music and Medicine International Association for Music and Medicine United States
    2011 - 2012 Editor Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare Singapore General Hospital Singapore
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2018 - 2018 Medical Music Therapy: Research and Practice 57th Australian Society for Medical Research University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - 2016 Difficulties and Challenges in the development of medical music therapy in multicultural Singapore (Invited Speaker) 4th International Association for Music and Medicine, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing China
    2015 - 2015 Development of Music Therapy Program In Hearing Habilitation and Neuro-Rehabilitation at the Singapore General Hospital. (Keynote Speaker) 12th Chinese Music Therapy Association Research and Academic Conference on “Music in Neurological Rehabilitation” Wuxi, China Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing China
    2014 - 2014 The Effects of Rhythmic Stimulation to Improve Upper Limb Functions and Mood of Stroke Patients in Inpatient Rehabilitation 3rd International Association for Music and Medicine, Toronto Canada University of Toronto Canada
    2014 - 2014 Effects of Music Therapy on Mood, Motivation and Participation Post Stroke-A Non-randomized Pilot Study 3rd International Association for Music and Medicine, Toronto Canada University of Toronto Canada
    2014 - 2014 A study on the Reasons of Music Therapy Referral by Doctors in Neuro-Rehabilitation ward in Two Singapore’s Hospitals: Singapore General Hospital and St. Andrew’s Community Hospital 3rd International Association for Music and Medicine, Toronto Canada University of Toronto Canada
    2014 - 2014 Music Therapy Techniques for Children with Hearing Impairment in Aural/Oral Habilitation in Singapore. (Invited Speaker) Inaugural Cultural Exchange and Symposium on Music Therapy and Education for Children with Hearing Impairment Mukogawa Women’s University, Kobe, Japan Japan
    2013 - 2013 Development of Music Therapy Program in Neuro-rehabilitation Settings in Singapore: Its Current Practices and Research. (Invited Speaker) The 25th International Forum on Music Therapy Based on Neurological Evidence, Seoul, Korea Ewha Women's University Korea, Republic of
    2012 - 2012 Terrorism: Music Therapy and Forms of Rehabilitation for Singapore's context International Association for Music and Medicine, Thailand Chulalongkorn University Thailand
    2012 - 2012 Music therapy as an intervention to improve communication skill for a child with Cochlear Implant International Association for Music and Medicine, Thailand Chulalongkorn University Thailand
    2011 - 2011 Using the MOGCLASS in group Music Therapy with individuals with Muscular Dystrophy: A Pilot study XIII World Congress of Music Therapy, Korea Sookmyung Women's University Korea, Republic of
    2010 - 2010 Understanding Music Therapy Intervention for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients. (Invited Speaker) Singapore National Caregivers Conference Alzheimer's Disease Association Singapore
    2009 - 2009 Music therapy may benefit autistic children, but larger controlled trials needed 6th Annual Meeting of the Health Technology Assessment International Conference, Singapore Singapore General Hospital Singapore
    2009 - 2009 Music Therapy for Hearing Impaired Children In Aural/Oral Habilitation in Singapore International Association for Music and Medicine Inaugural Meeting, Ireland University of Limerick Ireland
    2009 - 2009 Music Therapy Education, Theory and Practice in Singapore Asian Music Therapy Symposium, Tokyo Miyagi University and Japanese Music Therapy Association Japan
    2005 - 2005 Musical Experience of a Pre-Lingual Teenage Cochlear Implant Recipient in Singapore American Music Therapy Association Annual Conference American Music Therapy Association United States
    2005 - 2005 Speech and Language Development of Hearing Impaired Preschoolers Second International Chinese Early Childhood Education Conference, Singapore KLC International Institute and Beijing Normal University Singapore
  • Position: Researcher
  • Phone: 83130249
  • Email: patsy.tan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Schulz, floor 8
  • Room: 8 06
  • Org Unit: Elder Conservatorium of Music

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