The Power of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy

 

The Power of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Co-founder of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Clive Robbins (right) and client experience the joy of music.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy

Nordoff-Robbins music therapy was created by musicians Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins in the 1950’s. The method is centered around the belief that all people have an inherent sensitivity to music, which can be tapped into in order to encourage the individual’s growth and to spark interpersonal interaction.

The Power of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Clive Robbins (center) and Paul Nordoff (right), co-founders of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, work with a child at a drum set.

Therapists work with clients of all ages and abilities. Therapy plans are individualized based on a client’s goals, needs and abilities, and sessions are recorded. The recordings are later indexed by therapists, who make note of the musical language used. Poignant themes can then be reintroduced in later sessions.

The Power of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Therapist Alan Turry (right) works with a client at the piano.

Music is often thought of as a universal language, and music therapy capitalizes on this language to reach even those who have been unable to engage in other types of interaction.

The Power Of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Nordoff-Robbins music therapy can not only help a client develop mentally and emotionally, but also physically. In the gif below, Clive Robbins utilizes the beat of the music to help Marisa learn how to walk.

The Power of Nodoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Marisa learns how to walk to the beat in her music therapy session.

To learn more about the incredible strides Marisa made through music therapy, and to hear music therapists and clients from all over the world discuss the method, check out the YouTube playlist below or click on this link: “The Power of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.” The power of the method is evident in the joy on the faces of the clients and their families.

For further reading about the effects of music on the brain, check out these articles!

Music As a First Language, Interview with N-R Music Therapist Dr. Alan Turry http://bit.ly/1us6VxE
Making music, making friends: long-term music therapy with young adults with several learning disabilities http://bit.ly/12TG9Yl
The Ripple effect: Towards researching improvisational music therapy in dementia care-homes http://bit.ly/1AnMIxu

 

Katie Sundstrom
Master of Music in Music Education
Class of 2016

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