Music Educator/Music Therapist
MA ( Music Therapy),
Jane is a qualified music therapist and an Orff-Schulwerk certified music educator. She was given the opportunity to further her Music studies at the University of Birmingham with the Public Service Commission’s Overseas Specialist Award. Having graduated with BMus (Hons), she taught general music and examination music at a local secondary school where she subsequently served as the Head of the Aesthetics Department, organizing and overseeing (co)-curricular arts programmes. During her teaching stint, she co-produced/conducted school musicals and arts festivals. She later worked as an Arts Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, co-leading curriculum reviews and training workshops.
Believing that there is a lot more to music than performance, she pursued her Masters in Music Therapy at New York University. There she had the opportunity to observe and learn from experts in the field. She did her fieldwork at a school for special needs, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and interned at Bronx Psychiatric Hospital. She also volunteered and shadowed the music therapists at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center at the NYU.
Upon her return she resumed her work in both music education and music therapy, working with children with special needs as well as the elderly with dementia, both at a local hospital and in private settings. She has since been invited to conduct talks and workshops on both music therapy and music education; assisted in the development of music therapy scales for use with people with dementia as well as research papers on the efficacy of music therapy with people with dementia in an acute care setting. She believes that every individual deserves access to music experiences and continues to work with that as her mission.