“Music Heals!” 2023 – Free Music Therapy Workshops and Private Sessions
“Music Heals!” is a program that was initiated by the HKGNA in 2015, offering free music therapy workshops and events in Hong Kong. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched a series of online and offline workshops with different topics through “Music Heals!” in 2020 and 2021, such as autism, ADHD, dementia, depression and hospice care to global audience with renowned guest speakers, educators, and music therapists from around the world.
The program aims to raise public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and promote unity and love for music globally. In May – June 2023, “Music Heals!” will provide workshops and private music therapy sessions to the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong Cornwall School and the Springboard students of Korean International School, conducted by certified music therapists Ms. Christina Lee and Ms. Vivian Chan.
Through “Music Heals!”, beneficiaries will have the opportunity to experience the therapeutic benefits of music and improve their emotional, cognitive, and social well-being. The program serves as a platform that connects selected individuals with certified music therapists in a safe and supportive environment, providing a unique and meaningful experience for all involved.
- Private Sessions conducted by Ms. Christina Lee (Registered Music Therapist – AMTA)
Dates: May 16, May 23, May 30, Jun 6, Jun 13, Jun 20, 1 hour per session
Beneficiaries: Autistic students age 10 -17 from Mental Health Association of Hong Kong Cornwall School
- Workshop conducted by Ms. Vivian Chan (Certified Music Therapist- MT-BC, MTA)
Date & Time: May 25, 3:15 -4:15pm
Beneficiaries: Springboard primary & secondary students and their parents, teachers from Korean International School
- Private Sessions conducted by Ms. Vivian Chan (Certified Music Therapist- MT-BC, MTA)
Dates: Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 27, 30, 1 hour per session
Beneficiaries: Springboard primary & secondary students from Korean International School
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Ms. Vivian Chan, BFA(Hons), MMT, MT-BC, MTA, is a registered music therapist in the United States and Canada.She completed her Masters of Music Therapy degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, after obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at York University.Ms. Chan acquired clinical experiences with various client populations ranging from children to the elderly with a myriad of conditions and illnesses. She currently practices as a freelance music therapist in her own private practice, and with continual engagements at the Hong Kong Children Hospital and several NGOs in Hong Kong. Her areas of expertise involve providing music psychotherapy services to individuals with mental health issues, cancer patients and their primary caregivers, at risk youth, and music therapy services to children with special needs. She also acquired an interest in promoting professional development and holistic personal growth through her work.
As a speaker, she presented at various conferences, seminars and workshops in Asia and North America. She guest lectured at the University of Hong Kong and at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She served as the Regional Liaison for the Western Pacific Region of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), and is currently the Education and Certification Chair of the WFMT and the member of the Ethics Committee of the Hong Kong Music Therapy Association (HKMTA).
Christina Lee gained her degrees of Master of Education from the Open University of Hong Kong and Master of Arts of Music (Music for Early Childhood) from Hong Kong Baptist University. She then studied Master of Creative Music Therapy in Western Sydney University and finished her clinical training at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. In her training, she conducted music therapy programs in mainstream schools, special schools, homeless centres, hospitals, centres for severely disability and elderly homes. After returning from Australia, she works closely with different non-governmental organisations and schools providing music therapy programs to improve participants’ physical abilities, social skills and mental health. Also, she was invited as guest speaker in different organisations, like Hong Kong Generation for Next Art (HKGNA) and Mong Kok Kai Fong Association, conducting workshops and seminars to promote music therapy. Apart from being a music therapist, she also works as a music tutor teaching music to children with special needs, like autism or developmental delay, encouraging them to express themselves through interactive music playing.