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Music Therapy Summer Intensive

Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy

Special Remote Summer Course Opportunity

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

Special feature: live interactive music-making on remote platforms - what we have learned so far
Monday - Friday, July 20-24, 2020

Register here.

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

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

This course is an opportunity to earn 30 CMTEs. 

More information: 
Instructors:
include Dr. Alan Turry, LCAT, MT-BC and Jacqueline Birnbaum, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, and NYU Steinhardt Nordoff-Robbins Center staff 
Schedule and Format: Course meets remotely over Zoom and is scheduled for 9:30–4:30 (eastern time), with two hours of breaks 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. Classes are limited to 16 people.

Special Remote Discount Rate: $800; includes $35 materials fee (some partial scholarships available)

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 music therapy students and interested professionals as well.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Enrollment is limited; if insufficient, the course will be canceled and all fees refunded. Your place in the course will be guaranteed if we receive payment in full by June 1, 2019.  A 50% refund will be given for cancellations requested up until 14 days prior to the start dates. No refunds will be given after 14 days prior to the start dates. Registered participants who cannot attend may send a substitute with prior notification.

Comments from past participants:

"I should share just how grateful I was to spend the week with you all last summer.  It was definitely the best professional opportunity I have had in many, many years of practice.  As a pianist who for years has had trouble getting away from the music on the page, it improved my improvisation skills immensely.  It also has given me so many concrete ways to help my interns improve their functional piano skills.”

"It was one of the most useful CBMT programs that I have taken. [Instructors are] very sensitive to participants’ needs and willing to provide any info for professional growth."

“They were the lecturers I wish I’d had my entire scholastic life. [The instructors] were so engaging and enthusiastic about every detail of what [they] were explaining and I can only describe it as hypnotic. I learnt more in those four days than I did my entire undergraduate degree and it’s down to you. This remains the finest educational experience of my life.”


Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy is a clinically oriented, music-centered specialization applicable to many approaches in music therapy. Our training is unique in its comprehensive focus on the technical application of music, and the development of clinical/musical resources, especially improvisation. We offer a variety of opportunities for professional development: Nordoff-Robbins Certification training for professional music therapists, summer conference for Board-Certified therapists and educators, workshops for students, clinical supervision, and informational visits. Contact nordoff.robbins@nyu.edu or call 212-998-5151 to learn more about the Center’s programs.