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

July ​8 ​- ​12, ​2024 

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST​ ​

This program will run in a hybrid format. Participants can attend in person or remotely over Zoom. 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 2024" offering.)

Program Fee:

In person: $975 per five-day program
Remote: $865 per five-day program
*Includes the 7.5% Credit Card Fee. Some partial scholarships are available.

Learning Objectives:

This program 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 of music with a range of clients in individual and group therapy
  5. Clinical improvisation examples from tele-health sessions and remote platform technology tips

If you are attending remotely, you will be able to participate in the program with your piano or guitar at hand – experimenting with the musical concepts as they are introduced.

Instructors: Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Faculty Liaison; Zachary Kandler, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, Director, Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy; Mariana Aslan, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; and NYU Steinhardt Nordoff-Robbins Center staff

This program is an opportunity to earn 30 CMTEs. 

Schedule and Format: The program 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 experiences, each day we will divide into small groups, utilizing breakout rooms (for those attending remotely), for individualized skill acquisition and feedback from 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 program will be canceled and all fees refunded. Your place in the program will be guaranteed if we receive payment in full by June 24, 2024. 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.


Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy

The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy is committed to the belief that everyone possesses a sensitivity to music that can be utilized for personal growth and development.

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