Adapting the Clinical Use of Music to the Local Singaporean Context: Perspectives of UK trained Music Therapists
Researcher: Elaine Ng
This research aims to explore how UK-trained music therapists have adapted their clinical use of music to the local Singaporean context. Cultural competency is a critical consideration in the helping professions and there is, currently, a growing pool of research on how music therapists are adapting their music therapy practices to cultural contexts different from their country of training. However, there is very little published research on the adaptation of music therapy practices to the local Singaporean context. Recent literature suggests that music therapists returning to Singapore have found the need to adapt their practice to the local context. This research thus aims to contribute to the current literature pool, specifically on how UK-trained music therapists have adapted their clinical use of music to the local context. This could also include how they consider psychodynamic music therapy can be adaptable across multi-cultural contexts. As the UK remains as one of the main countries that Singaporeans choose for their music therapy training, this research project could enable other UK graduates returning to Singapore, or other countries, to think about the most useful way to employ the skills and abilities learnt.
• A qualified, UK-trained music therapist who have worked OR is currently working as a music therapist in Singapore (essential)
• Trained in the psychodynamic approach (strongly preferred, but not essential) • Any area of client-specialisation
• Does not need to be Singaporean-born or a Singapore citizen
Participants will be invited to take part in semi-structured, one-to-one, interviews which will be conducted via Zoom or another encrypted online platform. Interviews will take place in April 2021, and if needed, early May 2021.
If you are interested in taking part and would like further information, please email Elaine Ng at email@example.com ASAP before 11th May 2021.