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Training Programs

Nordoff-Robbins training is unique in its comprehensive focus on the technical application of music and the development of clinical/musical resources. In addition to serving as a fieldwork site for beginning music therapy students, the Center offers two levels of formal training: an internship program for music therapy graduate students, and a post-masters Certification program for professional music therapists. While the content areas and structure of the two programs are similar they are differentiated by the level of clinical competency and knowledge expected of participants.

Nordoff-Robbins Certification is awarded to graduates of the on-site program which takes a minimum of ten months to complete. In addition, the Center offers a two-year Blended Learning Track for a limited number of candidates. This will take place both on and off-site.

The training course for each has three elements:

  1. classes in clinical musicianship, improvisation, and practice and theory of group music therapy;
  2. clinical work in individual and group therapy; and
  3. clinical supervision.

Certified Nordoff-Robbins therapists may continue in our Level Two and Three training programs to advance their clinical work and develop their skills to supervise and teach.

In addition to this formal training, the Center periodically offers seminars and workshops to the general public. The Center has been granted Approved Provider Status by theĀ Certification Board for Music Therapists, and attendees at all of our course offerings and professional seminars are eligible to receive Continuing Education Units for the maintenance of their professional certification.

For more information contact Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center at (212) 998-5151 or emailĀ


Scholarships for Certification Training may be available. See the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy Facebook page for details.

Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy on Facebook

Level 1 Onsite Certification

Candidates conduct sessions in group and individual music therapy, have weekly individual supervision and attend special classes in clinical improvisation, Nordoff-Robbins clinical theory, and group music therapy.

Level 1 Blended Learning Certification

The special Blended Learning Nordoff-Robbins Certification track combines on-site and off-site training and may be completed in two years.


First-year students in the NYU Masters Program are eligible to attend the Center during the fieldwork component of their training.

Graduate Internship

The second level in which students participate in the Center is through their year-long academic internship.

Level 2 Certification

Level 2 Certification will be awarded to Nordoff-Robbins music therapists who have worked to integrate, internalize and expand his/her understanding and application of the Nordoff-Robbins approach.

Level 3 Certification

Level 3 training focuses on developing effective trainers of the approach by achieving the skills to teach the full range of course material andpresenting publishing contemporary work relevant to Nordoff-Robbins practice.