2017 Summer Programs

Program 1:  Introduction to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy: Foundations, Improvisational Resources and Clinical Applications

Mon-Fri, July 17 – July 21, 2017      

Learning Objectives:

This five-day Specialty CMTE (30 credits) will include:

1) Historical and philosophical foundations of the Nordoff-Robbins approach

2) Foundational and contemporary case studies

3) Musical resources and improvisational techniques in assessment and treatment

4) Clinical application with a range of clients

Specialty CMTE Credits: 30

Areas of the CBMT Board Certification Domains addressed:  principles and practices of the Nordoff-Robbins Model of Music Therapy (II.A.3.d, 4.e,f), improvisation as an investigative tool in assessment (I.B.1, 3 a-h, 7,11,12,13 a-d); improvisation as the primary mode of treatment (II.A.1.a,2. f,g,w,aa,aq,av,ba,bb,bc); incorporating clients’ moment-to-moment responses—instrumental, vocal, physical, verbal and/or emotional—in goal-directed improvisation (II.A.5.o,q,z,aa,ac), and understanding clinical functions of various elements of music (II.A.5 a,c-f,h,n; IV.A.6)

Introduction to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 30 Specialty Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, #P-043, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. 

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Program 2:  Practice and Theory of Group Music Therapy

Mon-Fri, July 24-28, 2017

Learning Objectives:

This five-day CMTE (30 credits) will include:

1) Musical resources and techniques for improvising and composing for group therapy

2) Clinical application with a range of clients

3) Large and small group music making

4) Supervisory feedback on participants’ current work.

CMTE Credits: 30

Areas of the CBMT Board Certification Domains addressed:  identify principles and practices of the Nordoff-Robbins Model of Music Therapy (II.A.3.d, 4.e,f), identify music therapy group experiences to encourage group cohesion, impulse control, and interactive response (II.A.2.u, v, w, av),  understand ways to build a therapeutic relationship in the group setting (II.A.1.a, e, h), and incorporating clients’ moment-to-moment responses—instrumental, vocal, physical, verbal and/or emotional—in goal-directed improvisation (II.A.5.o,q,z,aa,ac)

Practice and Theory of Group Music Therapy is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 30 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, #P-043, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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Questions?  Please contact the Nordoff-Robbins Center at (212) 998-5151 or write to nordoff.robbins@nyu.edu.


More Information

Instructors: include Dr. Alan Turry, LCAT, MT-BC and Jacqueline Birnbaum, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, NR Center Staff

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. For Clinical Improvisation, each day we will divide into small groups for individualized skill acquisition and feedback by instructors. Classes are limited to 16 people.

Cost: $975 (includes $35 book fee; No scholarships available)

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.

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 1, 2017.  A 50% refund will be given for cancellations requested up until 14 days prior to the start dates. No refunds will be given after 14 days prior to the start dates.  Registered participants who cannot attend may send a substitute with prior notification.

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 programs 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. [The instructors] were so engaging and enthusiastic about every detail of what [they] 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 conference for Board-Certified therapists and educators, workshops for students, clinical supervision, and informational visits. Contact nordoff.robbins@nyu.edu or call 212-998-5151 to learn more about the Center’s programs.