Governance

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EXCO), consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, are voted into office every two years. EXCO may appoint General Members to take on specific tasks related to the association’s operations, advocacy, or professional education efforts. AMTS is governed by the association’s Constitution of Association for Music Therapy (Singapore). The Annual General Meeting is held annually in September.

Current Executive Committee

Portrait of Dr. Tan Xue Li, President of AMTS

Tan Xueli, PhD, MT-BC

President

Dr. Tan is the Principal Music Therapist and Music Therapy Lead at the Rehabilitation Department at St. Luke’s Hospital. For close to 30 years, Dr. Tan worked as a music therapy clinician, researcher, author, editor, and faculty member in the United States and Norway. She was a Presidential Fellowship Scholar at the School of Music, University of Iowa (USA) from 2010 to 2015. In 2017, she received the President’s Commendation Award for her service to the American Music Therapy Association. An award-winning researcher, Dr. Tan’s areas of specialisation included medical music therapy, pain management, psychology of music, and cultural humility and responsiveness in clinical practice. Dr. Tan had published in both music therapy and medical journals, and previously served on the editorial boards of four music therapy scientific journals. Dr. Tan currently also serves on the Programme Advisory Board for the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). 

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Eta Lauw, RMT, Austin Vocal Psychotherapist, FAMI

Vice-President

Eta currently practises as a music therapist in AWWA Ltd with children with developmental delay and older adults with dementia in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. She maintains a small private practice for adults focusing on mental wellbeing through the use of music psychotherapy. Eta is an experienced presenter and trainer delivering music therapy/ music wellness presentations, lectures and workshops. She has also published in several peer-reviewed journals. Eta holds a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor in Communications Studies from the Nanyang Technological University. She is also a Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Fellow and an Austin Vocal Psychotherapist.

Prior to becoming a music therapist, Eta spent 10 years in the world of broadcast media and corporate communications, having led teams in the areas of service quality, media communications and operations.

Portrait of Camellia Soon, AMTS Treasurer

Camellia Soon, RMT

Treasurer

Camellia currently practises music therapy at Dover Park Hospice and also in private work with children with special needs. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Music Therapy from Western Sydney University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the National University of Singapore. She was also prior working in the Institute of Mental Health for more than 5 years in vocational rehabilitation.

Camellia’s work also extends to the publication of two research papers and a commentary in Channel News Asia (2021). Her interest is to see patients and families recover or develop their sense of self through music.

Portrait of Grace Low, AMTS Secretary

Grace Low, MT-BC

Secretary

Grace is currently practising as a Board-Certified Music Therapist at Rainbow Centre, Singapore. She received a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Berklee College of Music in Boston, United States. She had the opportunity to work with various populations in different settings in the United States and Singapore, including students and adults with special needs, neurorehabilitation, adults with dementia, and patients who are under hospice and palliative care.

AMTS Documents

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Professional members practising in Singapore meet Professional Competency standards laid out by AMTS and abide by the provisions of the association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards. AMTS members are obliged to abide by the professional ethical code of their country of training and that of AMTS. The objective of ensuring professional members’ competencies and adherence to code of ethics is to safeguard the best interests of the patients, clients, and recipients of music therapy services, the public, the profession and its members.

AMTS Constitution

AMTS Code of Ethics

AMTS Professional Competencies

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AMTS Constitution

AMTS Code of Ethics

AMTS Professional Competencies