The issue of supporting creative arts therapists is particularly relevant now, as the struggle to pass legislation for insurance coverage continues. Bill A1171A passed the State Legislature in 2022 with widespread support. The bill “requires blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage for outpatient treatment by mental health practitioners”. Disappointingly, despite Licensed Creative Arts Therapists representing 14% of all licensed mental health practitioners included on this bill, they were eliminated from the bill by the Governor at the very last moment.
Turry shares excerpts from sessions and revisits the contributions made by the pioneers, Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins. As they talk about the intricacies of music therapy work, the viewer is allowed to observe the impact which clients actually experience in music therapy.
At the end of the recording, a photo montage of work from the Center is featured while Dr. Turry plays his piano composition sounding their conclusion that “improvisation is a landscape of hope.”
In September, the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy celebrated its 30th anniversary at NYU Steinhardt. The event brought together center supporters, clients, members of the NYU community, and the actor Robert De Niro.
Kenneth Aigen is a music therapist and the Director of NYU Steinhardt's Music Therapy Program. He specializes in working with children and adolescents with emotional and developmental delays. Here he speaks about his history with the program, current projects, and his path to becoming an expert in the field.
This documentary film illustrates how the staff and students of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy adapted their services to provide an essential connection with clients during the Covid-19 lockdown. It was created by NYU alumnae Natalie Rule.