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The Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy, also known as creative music therapy, developed from the 17-year collaboration of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins[1] beginning in 1958.[2] It was originally devised as a therapy for children with psychological, physical, or developmental disabilities.[3] It is derived from the anthroposophical movement and grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music, no matter how ill or disabled. It holds that the unique qualities of music as therapy can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more resourcefully and creatively.[1] Nordoff-Robbins music therapists practice worldwide and have graduated from training programs around the world including England, the USA, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, and the Far East. [4]

United Kingdom[edit]

Nordoff Robbins is a registered UK charity that receives no statutory funding. The charity runs the Nordoff Robbins music therapy centre in London and a number of music therapy outreach projects nationwide. It also runs postgraduate training courses in music therapy and a research programme with regular public courses and conferences.

Nordoff Robbins runs the annual Silver Clef Awards that raise money for the charity.[5]


  1. ^ a b Karkou, Vassliki (2006). Arts Therapies: A Research-based Map of the Field. Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 132ff. ISBN 978-0443072567. 
  2. ^ Adler, Constance (February 11, 1991). "See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me". New York Magazine. 
  3. ^ Nordoff, Paul; Robbins, Clive (2004). Therapy in Music for Handicapped Children. Barcelona Publishers. ISBN 978-1891278198. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Fraser (2009). The Nordoff-Robbins adventure : fifty years of creative music therapy. London.: James & James Publishers. ISBN 9781906507060. 
  5. ^ "Coldplay Win Nordoff-Robbins Award", Clash, May 15, 2013.

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