What is Nordoff–Robbins music therapy?

Nordoff-Robbins music therapy is a type of music therapy developed in the 1950s by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins. It is a form of therapy that uses music as a tool to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages and abilities.

Nordoff-Robbins music therapy is based on the idea that everyone has the potential to respond to music, regardless of their ability to speak or move. The therapist uses live music to engage the client in a creative and interactive process that aims to promote communication, self-expression, and emotional well-being.

The therapist improvises music in response to the client’s verbal and non-verbal cues, creating a musical dialogue that is tailored to the client’s needs and preferences. This can involve singing, playing instruments, or simply listening to music. The therapist may also use movement and other sensory experiences to enhance the therapeutic effect.

Nordoff-Robbins music therapy has been used to help people with a wide range of conditions, including developmental disabilities, autism, neurological disorders, mental health problems, and physical disabilities. It is recognized as a legitimate form of therapy by many professional organizations, including the American Music Therapy Association and the World Federation of Music Therapy.

Shervan K Shahhian

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