A team of researchers in Singapore have developed and validated a new scale to assess music therapy engagement with older adults in an acute hospital unit for persons with dementia. During the past two years I served as consultant to the project which was based on the clinical work of Jane Tan, an NYU Music Therapy graduate and current Nordoff-Robbins Certification Candidate.
It's important to note that during research observations, Jane was able to work in a natural, person-centered manner, co-creating music based on the overt and latent capacities of her patients. Results showed that the Music Therapy Engagement scale for Dementia (MTED) is a clinically appropriate and psychometrically valid scale to evaluate music therapy engagement in persons with dementia. Authors include Shiou-Liang Wee, Pei Shi Yeo, Juliet Choo, Dr. Philip Yap, Jane Tan and Michele Ritholz.
For more information, please use link below:
Tan, J., Wee, S., Yeo, P., Choo, J., Ritholz, M., & Yap, P. (2019). A new music therapy engagement scale for persons with dementia. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(1), 49-58. doi: 10.1017/S1041610218000509