Bibliography of research publications by AMTS members

Music therapy is an evidence-based practice with extensive international research. Below is a bibliography of research publications by AMTS members in both local and international contexts.

Note: AMTS members are in bold


  1. Whitehead-Pleaux, A., & Tan, X. (Eds.). (2017). Cultural intersections in music therapy: Music, health, and the person. Barcelona Publishers.

Book Chapters

  1. Chik, D., Low, G., & Eng, C. (2022). Teaming around the client: Music therapy. In K. Poon, S. W. Tan, F. A. Chang, M. Pathnapuram & K. Lyen (Eds.), Rainbow dreams: 35 years of empowering children with autism and other developmental challenges (pp. 229-237). World Scientific Publishing.
  2. Clair, A. A., Else, B. A., & Tan, X. (2018). Music therapy with active and separated military personnel. In A. Knight, B. LaGasse & A. Clair (Eds.), Music therapy: An introduction to the profession (pp. 319-340). American Music Therapy Association.

  3. Ng, W. F. (2015). Being human: Music therapy. In R. Lee (Ed.), Art hats in renaissance city: Reflections & aspirations of four generations of art personalities (pp. 162-169). World Scientific Publishing.
  4. Shaller, J., & Tan, X. (2010).  Music therapy in adult medical intensive care unit. In D. Hanson-Abromeit & C. Colwell (Eds.), AMTA monograph series: Effective clinical practice in music therapy: Medical music therapy for adults in hospital settings (pp. 97 – 160). American Music Therapy Association.
  5. Tan, X., & Hsiao, F. (2017). Eastern and Southeast Asian culture. In A. Whitehead-Pleaux & X. Tan (Eds.), Cultural intersections in music therapy: Music, health, and the person (pp. 51-64). Barcelona Publishers.
  6. Tan, X. (2017). Minority educators. In A. Whitehead-Pleaux & X. Tan (Eds.), Cultural intersections in music therapy: Music, health, and the person (pp. 251-256). Barcelona Publishers.

  7. Whitehead-Pleaux, A., Brink, S. L., & Tan, X. (2017). Culturally competent music therapy assessment. In A. Whitehead-Pleaux & X. Tan (Eds.), Cultural intersections in music therapy: Music, health, and the person (pp. 271-284). Barcelona Publishers.

Peer Review Journal

  1. Driscoll, V., Gfeller, K., Tan, X., See, R., Cheng, H-Y., & Kanemitsu, M. (2015).  Family involvement in music impacts participation of children with cochlear implants in music education and music activities.  Cochlear Implants International, 16(3), 137 – 146.
  2. Han, P., Kwan, M., Chen, D., Yusoff, S. Z., Chionh, H. L., Goh, J., & Yap, P. (2011). A controlled naturalistic study on a weekly music therapy and activity program on disruptive and depressive behaviors in dementia. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 30(6), 540-546.
  3. Hsiao, F., Tan, X., Tang, J. J., & Chen, J. (2020). Factors associated with music therapy board certification examination outcomes. Music Therapy Perspectives, 38(1), 51-60.
  4. Kawano, T., Cruz, R. F., & Tan, X. (2018). Dance/movement therapists’ attitudes and actions regarding LGBTQI and gender nonconforming communities. American Journal of Dance Therapy.
  5. Kwan, M. (2010). Music therapists’ experiences with adults in pain: Implications for clinical practice. Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy, 5, 43-85.
  6. Kwan, M., Ng, W. F., Chiang, C., Loi, H. M., Lee, E., Spears, A., Tan, L. P. P., & 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.
  7. Kwan, M., & Seah, A. S. T. (2013). Music therapy as a non-pharmacological adjunct to pain management: Experiences at an acute hospital in Singapore. Progress in Palliative Care, 21(3), 151-157.
  8. Lauw, E. (2016). 'Mianzi' and other social influences on music therapy for older Chinese people in Australian aged care. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 27, 57-68.
  9. Lauw, E. (2017). When home feels familiar but yet so foreign—The professional readjustment experiences of returning internationally-trained Singaporean music therapists. Music Therapy Perspectives, 35(2), 239-246.
  10. Lauw, E. (2023). Connecting with my inner child through vocal psychotherapy. British Journal of Music Therapy, 37(1), 36–43.
  11. McNamara, P., Wang, R., & Moss, H. (2021). Exploring a potential role for music therapy to promote positive communication and emotional change for couples: A single-session pilot case study. Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, 13(1),
  12. Nair, T., Wong, K. C., Ang, L. G. L., Koh, S., & Lee, P. P. (2020, October 22). Addressing and extending psychosocial care and support to patients and HCWs during Covid-19. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
  13. Ng, W. F. (2005). Music therapy, war trauma, and peace: A Singaporean perspective. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 5(3).
  14. Ng, W. F. (2011). Can music therapy be an answer to the terrorist question? – A Singaporean music therapist’s perspective. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 11(1).
  15. Ng, W. F., 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.
  16. Soon, S. M. C. (2022). Telehealth music therapy in end-of-life care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Two descriptive case reports. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 33(1), 12-23.
  17. Tan, D. J. A., Polascik, B. A., Kee, H. M., Lee, A. C. H., Sultana, R., Kwan, M., Raghunathan, K., Belden, C. M., & Sng, B. L. (2020). The effect of perioperative music listening on patient satisfaction, anxiety, and depression: A quasiexperimental study. Anesthesiology research and practice, 2020.
  18. Tan, L. P. P., Spears, A. M., Kwan, M., & Chiang, H. L. C. (2014). Music therapy at SingHealth. Music and Medicine, 6(1), 31-39.
  19. Tan, X., Yowler, C. J., Super, D. M., & Fratianne, R. B. (2012).  The interplay of preference, familiarity, and psychophysical properties in defining relaxation music.  Journal of Music Therapy, 49(2), 150 – 179.
  20. Tan, X., Yowler, C. J., Super, D. M., & Fratianne, R. B. (2010).  The efficacy of music therapy protocols for decreasing pain, anxiety, and muscle tension levels during burn dressing changes: A prospective randomized crossover trial.  Journal of Burn Care & Research, 31(4), 590 – 597.
  21. Tang, J., & Schwantes, M. (2021). International service-learning and intercultural competence of US music therapists: Initial survey findings. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 30(4), 377-396.
  22. Whitehead-Pleaux, A., Donnenwerth, A., Robinson, B., Hardy, S., Oswanski, L., Forinash, M., Hearns, M., Anderson, N, & Tan, X. (2013). Music therapists’ attitudes and actions regarding the LGBTQ community: A preliminary report. Arts in Psychotherapy, 40, 409 – 414.
  23. Wong, K. C., Tan, B. W., Tong, J. W., & Chan, M. Y. (2021). The role of music therapy for children undergoing cancer treatment in Singapore. Healthcare, 9(12), 1761.

  24. Yap, S. S., Ramseyer, F. T., Fachner, J., Maidhof, C., Tschacher, W., & Tucek, G. (2022). Dyadic nonverbal synchrony during pre and post music therapy interventions and its relationship to self-reported therapy readiness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 16, 912729.