Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy

Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Summer Course 2014

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy:
Foundations, Improvisational Resources and Clinical Applications
July 8-11
 (CLOSED) and July 21-24, 2014

Learning Objectives: The four-day Specialty CMTE courses will cover

1) historical and philosophical foundations of the Nordoff-Robbins approach,

2) musical resources & techniques for improvising, playing and composing,

3) clinical application with a range of clients

4) supervisory feedback on participants’ current work.

Areas of the CBMT Scope of Practice addressed: principles and practices of the Nordoff-Robbins Model of Music Therapy (II.A.3.c, II.A.4.c-f.);improvisation as an investigative tool in assessment (I.A.1, 4, 8, 9, 11-15; I.B.2-3); improvisation as the primary mode of treatment (II.A.1. a-e, II.A.2.a-ak);incorporating clients’ moment-to-moment responses—instrumental, vocal, physical, verbal and/or emotional—in goal-directed improvisation (II.A.2.p, r,s,u,ak, 3.c., 5. a-b, e, g, h, q, aa), andunderstanding clinical functions of various elements of music (II.A.5.a-i, q, r, t-aa).

Prerequisites: The level of instruction presupposes the ability to accompany oneself while singing; play scales and chord progressions in a variety of keys; basic knowledge of chord structure & harmony; approx. five years of experience on one harmonic instrument, preferably piano or guitar. Improvisation skills not required! Please note: we welcome music therapy students and interested professionals as well.

Qualifications and Credentials: Instructors include Dr. Alan Turry, LCAT, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist, Managing Director, NR Center; Michele Ritholz, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist, Coordinator of Training, and other NR Center Staff.  For more info:

Course Schedule and Format: Course is scheduled for 9:30–4:30, with two hours of breaks each day. Format includes lectures, clinical illustrations on DVD/videotape, experiential workshops, music making, and supervision of participants’ clinical work. Each day we will divide into small groups for individualized skill acquisition and feedback by instructors. Classes are limited to 16 people.

Specialty CMTE Credits: 24

Course Cost: $755 (includes $25 book fee; no scholarships available)

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Enrollment is limited; if insufficient, the course will be canceled and all fees refunded. Your place in the course will be guaranteed if we receive payment in full by May 15, 2014.  A 50% refund will be given for cancellations requested up until 30 days prior to the start date. No refunds will be given after 30 days prior to July 8 or July 14 start dates.  Registered participants who cannot attend may send a substitute with prior notification.

For more information please contact the Nordoff-Robbins Center at (212) 998-5151 or write to You may send mail to Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, NYU, 82 Washington Sq. East, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy: Foundations, Improvisational Resources and Clinical Applications is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 24 Specialty Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, #P-043, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Online Summer Course Registration

We can reserve NYU student housing as available, $82 single, $55 double occupancy per night. Indicate your interest on the enrollment form. For info on hotels:

Comments from past participants:
"I should share just how grateful I was to spend the week with you all last summer.  It was definitely the best professional opportunity I have had in many, many years of practice.  As a pianist who for years has had trouble getting away from the music on the page, it improved my improvisation skills immensely.  It also has given me so many concrete ways to help my interns improve their functional piano skills.  

"It was one of the most useful CBMT courses that I have taken. (Instructors are ) very sensitive to participants’ needs and willing to provide any info for professional growth."

“They were the lecturers I wish I’d had my entire scholastic life. Both of you (Turry and Ritholz) were so engaging and enthusiastic about every detail of what you were explaining and I can only describe it as hypnotic. I learnt more in those four days than I did my entire undergraduate degree and it’s down to you.; This remains the finest educational experience of my life.”

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
is a clinically-oriented, music-centered specialization applicable to many approaches in music therapy. Our training is unique in its comprehensive focus on the technical application of music, and the development of clinical/musical resources, especially improvisation. We offer a variety of opportunities for professional development: Nordoff-Robbins Certification training for professional music therapists, summer courses for Board-Certified therapists and educators, workshops for students, clinical supervision, and informational visits. Contact or call 212-998-5151 to learn more about the Center’s programs.