Music Therapy Services

The Nordoff-Robbins Center provides music therapy services to children and adults of all ages.   Clients may be seen in individual or group sessions, depending on the needs of clients and recommendation of music therapists.  Music Therapy has been used at the Nordoff-Robbins center in work with those who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cancer, trauma, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, visual impairment, sensory impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment, learning disabilities, and learning delays.  Music Therapy may be appropriate in many different settings, as treatment for a wide range of concerns. 


individual music therapy

In individual music therapy vocal and instrumental improvisation stimulates communication between client and therapist. As therapy proceeds, the client increasingly develops his or her capacity for spontaneous expression and interaction through music. Generally, with children and adolescents a team of two therapists work together with one providing the music while the other facilitates the child's participation. One therapist generally conducts therapy with adults.

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group music therapy

Personal development and social interaction are among the goals of group music therapy. Clients participate in improvised or composed musical activities selected to address specific clinical goals. Therapists design each musical experience to stimulate satisfying involvement and each individual is encouraged to participate to his or her fullest extent. Close teamwork between two therapists stimulates and supports the clients' involvement in order to maximize the developmental benefits for each one.






We offer adaptive instruction on piano, guitar, and other instruments, to meet the needs of people with diverse learning abilities.





Outreach & COllaborative programs

We offer a variety of outreach and collaborative programs, both on site and in the community. Staff music therapists have provided music therapy services to individuals with HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and to the elderly with dementia at Chelsea Adult Day Health Center.

We have also cooperated with schools and agencies, providing music therapy services to the New York City Department of Education programs for children in special education and with hearing impairments; teens in a transition program designed to help former special education students make a successful transition to the workplace; and individuals with developmental disabilities through the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC).


CLINICAL PROGRAM: Early Intervention

Children from infancy through preschool may participate in music therapy. With this age group, our therapists focus on providing pre-musical and musical experiences to stimulate physical, sensory, and cognitive development. 


CLINICAL PROGRAM: children & adolescent program

Treatment goals include developing communication and social skills, enhancing self-esteem, and facilitating emotional experience and expression.



Our adult program is suitable for individuals seeking music therapy for a variety of reasons. Some adult clients have moved on from our Child and Adolescent Program and new adult clients with similar needs are welcomed. Work is also conducted with those under psychiatric care, people coping with stressful life events, and individuals seeking a creative form in which to address various therapeutic issues..