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Music Therapy Faculty: Alan Turry

Managing Director, Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy

BA - New York University

MA - New York University

DA - New York University


Alan Turry has earned his B.A., M.A. and DA degrees in Music Therapy from New York University. He is the Managing Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy as well as researcher, senior clinician, level III trainer/educator and supervisor for advanced trainees and therapists, and teaches clinical improvisation in the NYU Graduate Music Therapy Program. Dr. Turry is on the editorial board of Music and Medicine, the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. His published research in music and medicine has focused on the psychological effects of musical elements. In his doctoral research he examined the relationship between lyrics and music in improvised songs that were created in the context of music therapy with a woman diagnosed with cancer. 

Dr. Turry is a visiting lecturer at the Nordoff-Robbins Centre in London, and visiting professor at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College, Lesley University, the University of Lisbon in Portugal, and Senzoku College, Japan. He has been a guest lecturer at Anna Maria College, Berklee College of Music, and the California Institute for Integral Studies. Dr. Turry was a keynote speaker at the 8th World Congress of Music Therapy in Hamburg and the 13th World Congress in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Turry is the Principal Investigator on key research projects at Nordoff-Robbins, and was the driving force behind the first Steinhardt Challenge Art & Culture Grant awarded to the Center. The award supports a pilot study to determine the effectiveness Nordoff-Robbins music therapy on the development of communication and social interaction in young children with early developmental disabilities. In 2012, he received the AMTA Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund Award to support the collaboration between the Nordoff-Robbins Center and Rusk Rehabilitation Institute at NYU Medical Center to develop and research an integrated music therapy/occupational therapy stroke rehabilitation program.

Selected Publications:

Guerrero, N., Marcus, D., & Turry, A. (2015). Nordoff–Robbins Music Therapy. In Barbara Wheeler (Ed.), Music Therapy Handbook. New York City, NY: Guilford Pres.

Guerrero, N., Marcus, D., & Turry, A. (2015). Poised in the Creative Now: Principles of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. In Jane Edwards (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy (Forthcoming)

Guerrero, N., Marcus, D., & Turry, A.  (2009). Integrating Musical and Psychological Thinking: The relationship between music and words in clinically improvised songs.Music and Medicine (1) 2, 106-116.

Hartley, M., Turry, A., & Raghavan, P. (2010). The role of music and music therapy in aphasia rehabilitation. Music and Medicine (2) 4, 235-242.

Turry, A. (1998). Transference and Countertransference. In K. E. Bruscia (Ed.), The dynamics of music psychotherapy (pp. 161-212). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Press.

Turry, A. & Turry, A.E. (1999). The use of improvised song for children and adults with cancer. In C. Dileo, Music Therapy and Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Applications (p. 167-177). Silver Spring, MD: American Music Therapy Association.

Guerrero, N. & Turry, A. (2012). Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy: An expressive and dynamic approach for young children on the autism spectrum.  In P. Kern & M.E. Humpal, Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families (pp. 130-144). London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.