Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy

Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Summer Course 2013

The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt is offering 4-day workshops this summer

July 23 - 26 , 2013 (Slots still available) and July 29 - Aug. 1, 2013 (Please note: currently filled)

Please join us for an enriching four-day course, “Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy: Foundations, Improvisational Resources and Clinical Applications”

The course will include:

1)    Musical resources and techniques for improvising, playing and composing

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

3)    Clinical application with a range of clients

4)    Supervisory feedback on your current clinical work if applicable

We welcome music therapy students, music therapists and other interested professionals.  MT-BC’s will receive 24 Specialty CMTE credits for participation.

Learning Objectives:  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 and harmony; several years experience on a harmonic instrument (guitar or piano). All instrumentalists welcome. Improvisation skills not required!

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: www.steinhardt.nyu.edu/nordoffrobbins/staff

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's: 24

Course Cost: $735 (includes $35 book fee; Limited 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 June 1, 2013.  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 23 or July 29 start dates.  Registered participants who cannot attend may send a substitute with prior notification.

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.

NYU student housing may be be available. 

Online Summer Course Registration

 For info on hotels:

http://www.nyu.edu/about/visitor-information/hotels.html

 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. Very sensitive to participants’ needs and willing to provide any info for professional growth.”


Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy is a music-centered clinical 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 nordoffrobbinseducation@gmail.com or call 212-998-5151 to learn more about the Center’s programs.