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Sunday Spotlight: Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy

Posted Feb 21 2010 4:47pm

If you're a music therapist, have an interest in music therapy, or have been at all exposed to the field, you've probably heard of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy. I'm always fascinated by the work that they produce and by the methodologies with which they work with their clients and with their staff.

Oh, how I would love to take a trip to see them in action. A little history of the center can be found on their website right here, and I would invite you all to pose questions regarding the methodology of creative music therapy in the comments of this post, as I plan to get together an e-mail of the five best questions to send directly to Dr. Clive Robbins who is one of the founding directors.

To give a clearer picture of what creative music therapy entails, it is "based on the belief that everyone possesses a sensitivity to music that can be utilized for personal growth and development. In this form of treatment, clients take an active role in creating music together with their therapists." To form a well-thought out question for Dr. Robbins, I would invite you to think of these things.

  • If you are a parent of a child with special needs, how do you believe that NR's philosophy could impact your child's social development?
  • If you are an individual with special needs, how has music effectively impacted your lifestyle, and why did you choose to try music as a symptomatic intervention?
  • If you are a music therapist, how do you find yourself implementing NR's creative music therapy philosophies into your current practices and sessions?
  • If you are a medical professional, in what ways do you believe that NR's approach to music therapy could have an effect on the healing of a patient as opposed to the traditional music therapy methodologies?

I will take questions on this post to send to Dr. Robbins until Friday, February 26 at 10:00am EST. After that point, the comments on this post will be closed, the e-mail will be posted, and we will anxiously await our response! I truly believe that through this connection with one of he leading music therapy practices in the country, you and I will learn more about the profession and insights like we have never imagined! Happy questioning!

[Photo courtesy of Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy]

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