About the Speaker

Ms Ng Wang Feng

Principal Music Therapist
Inpatient Therapy Services 
St. Andrew's Community Hospital

Ng Wang Feng is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, and Neurologic Music Therapist, Fellow. She graduated with a Master of Music Therapy from Temple University (Philadelphia, USA) in 2005. In her training and subsequent work appointments in Music Therapy, she has worked with various client populations in Singapore and in the United States, including adult and geri-psychiatrics, geriatrics, cancer survivors, individuals with developmental needs, orthopaedic impairments, and brain injury, as well as at-risk youth. She is currently based in Singapore, working part-time at St. Andrew’s Community Hospital in Singapore, and lecturing at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She was also the founding President of the Association for Music Therapy (Singapore) and is a professional member of the American Music Therapy Association. She has published two articles in the online journal Voices: World Forum for Music Therapy (2005 and 2011), as well as in Music and Medicine (2012).


Track 8: Geriatric Rehabilitation
Music Therapy in Rehabilitation For Persons with Dementia
Date :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :   1030
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :  Music therapy is an emerging non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatment modality. It can be used effectively in rehabilitation to address functional needs and improve quality of life for patients with dementia. Music Therapy reaches an individual who has lost the ability to communicate, to retrieve memories of life experiences, and those who have lost a sense of self and others, in varied degrees. Music therapy in Singapore in the acute medical setting was first established in 2005, and has since expanded to 3 acute hospitals and various intermediate and long term care settings. An overview of updated research in music therapy in rehabilitation and dementia will be presented. Local data from an acute hospital, and a community hospital will be shared. Implications of current care delivery, particularly as it applies to music therapy, will be discussed briefly.