Dr Ming Hung Hsu

Researching Moments of Joy

You could say Ming’s first Moment of Joy for MHA was back in 2008 when he became the first person to provide music therapy for us. Now our lead music therapist, Ming hasn’t stopped doing pioneering work in the field since.

“The nicest part of my job is seeing residents changing from an upset mood to happier and relaxed one after a therapy session,” says Ming.

Testing music therapy 

Ming is a classically trained singer who is part of a research team made up of academics from Anglia Ruskin University, Melbourne University and other institutions in Poland, Germany and Norway. They are running a three-year international research trial, funded by Alzheimer’s Society as part of the EU Joint Programme-Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND).

“We are assessing how music therapists can support people living with dementia and their family caregivers, testing the hypothesis that music therapists may help improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers,” says Ming.

Before this, Ming’s PhD demonstrated the concept of embedding music therapy effectively in day-to-day caregiving in care homes. And his work with an MHA resident formed the basis of his masters dissertation, for which he received a distinction.

Watch this short video to find out more about how Ming became a music therapist.

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