NYU Steinhardt mourns the loss of Clive Robbins, research scientist and founding director of NYU’s Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy. He died on December 7, 2011.
In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Robbins, a special educator, worked with developmentally disabled children using a music therapy technique he created with American composer Paul Nordoff in1958.
“Dr. Robbins was internationally recognized for his teaching of clinical resources, his research into processes of music therapy, and for his commitment to higher standards of clinical practice, creativity and musicianship in music therapy,” said Alan Turry,” managing director of the center. Until this year, Robbins maintained an active teaching schedule that included classrooms in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.
The Nordoff-Robbins approach is practiced by therapists throughout the world, and facilities are located in Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Scotland, and the United States.
Robbins co-authored Music Therapy for Handicapped Children, Therapy in Music for Handicapped Children, Music Therapy in Special Education, Music for the Hearing Impaired and Other Special Groups; Snow White, as well as songs and musical plays for children.
He is survived by his wife, Kaoru Robbins, a Nordoff-Robbins music therapist, his children Toby and Jenny, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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In lieu of flowers or other gifts, Kaoru asks those wishing to honor Clive’s memory to make a donation to the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 4th floor New York, NY 10003
A memorial celebration will be held at NYU in the spring