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Ann Turry

Ann Turry

Music Adjunct Faculty

Music and Performing Arts Professions

Ann holds a BA in piano performance from Bard College and an MA from NYU in Music Therapy. Her clinical experience spans 30 years of working with both children and adults from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. She has worked in pediatrics, psychiatry, substance abuse settings and therapeutic school settings.

After several years working, Ann returned to NYU for advanced clinical training at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, earning her NR Certification in 1997. She studied extensively with Clive and Carol Robbins and taught several workshops and continuing education courses with Clive.

Ann has presented her clinical work throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Canada and Asia and has written about the use of clinical improvisation and songwriting with children undergoing painful medical procedures and treatment for childhood cancer. Her publications include book chapters and scholarly articles.

Ann co-founded Creative Music Therapy Studio (CMTS) in New York City in 1998, the first free-standing Nordoff-Robbins private practice in the US. As Co-Founder, Director and and Senior Music Therapist at CMTS, she built an on site practice as well as several clinical outreach programs throughout the metropolitan area. She supervised both student and professional music therapists at CMTS until she left in 2010. In addition to her clinical work, Ann also runs a children’s theater program, teaches piano and is a Certified Parent Coach.

Selected Publications

 Turry, A.E. & Turry, A. (1999). Creative Song Improvisations with Children and Adults with Cancer. In Dileo, C. (Ed.). Music Therapy and Medicine: Theoretical and Clinical Applications. Silver Springs: MD.

Turry, A.E. (1999). A Song of Life: Improvised Songs with Children with Cancer and  Serious Blood Disorders. In Wigram, T. & De Backer, J. (Ed.'s). Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Developmental Disability, Paediatrics and Neurology. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

Turry, A.E. & Turry, A. (1998). Music Therapy for Cancer Survivors. Coping with Cancer, Fall 1998.

Turry, A.E. (1997). The Use of Clinical Improvisation to Alleviate Procedural   in Young Children. In Loewy, J.V. (Ed.). Music Therapy and Pediatric.  Cherry Hill: Jeffrey Books.


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