WHO WE ARE
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia is an inspirational, not-for-profit organisation providing Clinical Music Therapy and Community Music Programs. We deliver outstanding health outcomes for our clients and transform their lives through music.
WHAT WE DO
Our network of highly trained and accredited music therapists works with people of all ages and with a wide range of abilities and conditions. We deliver thousands of music therapy sessions per year in (aged) care homes, community settings, hospitals, (special needs) schools, disability organisations and our own centres. We also offer a rich diversity of workshops and professional supervision/education forums.
Through music we can help to:
• Improve physical health and ability
• Address emotional and behavioural difficulties
• Develop communication and social skills
• Increase creativity, self-esteem and confidence
At the heart of Creative Music Therapy is the belief that there is an inborn musicality residing in every human being that can be activated in the service of personal growth and development. It is out of our innate responsiveness to music that music therapy arises. Creative Music Therapy was developed as a therapeutic approach in which practitioners are trained in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs.
A RICH HISTORy
Our work originated from the tradition of using live musical interaction to engage clients in their own growth and development. This approach, known as Creative Music Therapy was pioneered by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins in the 1960s and 1970s – they used improvisation to help children with physical or mental illness, disabilities or emotional distress to relate and communicate through music.
Enid Rowe established the first delivery of Nordoff-Robbins in Australia in 1978 and worked tirelessly to establish Nordoff-Robbins, culminating in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia being founded in 1984 to further promote and develop the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy.
In 1993, Robin Howat, a London trained music therapist, moved to Sydney to establish a training course, which ultimately evolved into the MCMT program currently run in conjunction with Western Sydney University.
With the support of the Golden Stave Foundation the Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre was opened in 2001 on the Kingswood Campus of Western Sydney University. It remains the only purpose-built music therapy centre in Australia, and indeed the Southern Hemisphere.
We remain grateful for the work that Enid, Robin, The Golden Stave Foundation and our many supporters contributed to allow us to assist so many people with transformational music therapy programs.
Incorporated in 1997, we are proud to be part of a global network of Nordoff-Robbins practices and training programs.
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia Ltd
ACN 078 602 089
Registered Charity CFN 13789