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Feilin Hsiao, Ph.D.

Program Director for Music Therapy


Phone: 209.946.3194


M.A., New York University

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Feilin Hsiao is associate professor of music therapy. She joined the Conservatory of Music in 2006. Dr. Hsiao holds a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in music therapy from the University of Iowa and a M.A. in music therapy from New York University. Dr. Hsiao is a Board Certified Music Therapist with extensive clinical and supervisory experience in special education, early intervention, youth homes, burn rehabilitation, geriatrics, and geriatric psychiatry. She also holds teacher credentials in both music education and special education.

Dr. Hsiao is active in the national and international research community. Her research interests include best practices in music therapy education and supervision, as well as perceptual testing and aural rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairments. Proficient with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, Dr. Hsiao has published her work in the Journal of Music Therapy, Update: Application of Research in Music Education, and Cochlear Implants International. Dr. Hsiao has lectured at National Taipei University of Education, Taipei Municipal University of Education, and Shih Chien University, and has served as a research assistant for the Music Perception Team of the Iowa Cochlear Implant Research Center at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She is a past-president of the Music Therapy Association of Taiwan and a recipient of the T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship. On October 7, 2014, Dr. Hsiao was featured on The Academic Minute, a nationally-syndicated radio program from WAMC Northeast Public Radio. You can listen to her segment below.

In the Conservatory, Dr. Hsiao teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in music therapy.