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

Mon-Fri, ​July ​10 ​– ​July ​14, ​2023 ​ ​

We are planning to run this workshop as a hybrid program for summer 2023; participants can attend in person or remotely over Zoom. However, we must remain flexible in our response to COVID-19 developments. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our primary concerns, so fully remote workshops may be a necessary alternative. This page will be updated as soon as guidance from NYU Central is available.

This program is open to college students and professionals only. If you are a high school student, please see our "Introduction to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy for High School Students 2023" offering.

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Course Fee:

In person: $975 per five-day course.

Remote: $865 per five-day course

*Includes the 7.5% Credit Card Fee. Some partial scholarships are available.

Learning Objectives:

This course 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
  5. Clinical improvisation examples from tele-health sessions and remote platform technology tips

If you are attending remotely in the comfort of your own home, you will be able to participate in the course with your piano or guitar in hand – experimenting with the musical concepts as they are introduced.

Instructors: Alan Turry, DA, LCAT, MT-BC, Director, Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy; Jacqueline Birnbaum, MSEd, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; and NYU Steinhardt Nordoff-Robbins Center staff

This course is an opportunity to earn 30 CMTEs. 

Schedule and Format: The course is scheduled for 9:30am–4:30pm (Eastern Time) with a total of 120 minutes of break time each day. Format includes lectures, video excerpts of clinical work, experiential workshops, music making, and supervision of participants’ clinical work. For Clinical Improvisation, each day we will divide into small groups, utilizing breakout rooms, for individualized skill acquisition and feedback by instructors.

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; approximately five years of experience on one harmonic instrument, preferably piano or guitar. Improvisation skills not required. Please note: we welcome people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including music therapy students and interested professionals.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Enrollment is limited. If there is insufficient enrollment, the course will be canceled and all fees refunded. Your place in the course will be guaranteed if we receive payment in full by July 5, 2023. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations requested up until 14 days prior to the start date. No refunds will be given within the 2 weeks prior to the start date. Registered participants who cannot attend may send a substitute with prior notification.