Music therapy is the planned use of music for health and well-being. It is based on the belief that all people have the potential to respond to music. It is a modern profession, an allied health intervention, where therapists are trained to practise with cultural sensitivity based on the latest knowledge and research.
Music therapy focuses on meeting therapeutic aims, which distinguishes it from musical entertainment or music education. As a therapeutic intervention music therapy may address physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals within a therapeutic relationship.
Music therapy can benefit children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, trauma, mental health problems, depression and medical illnesses, as well as learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
“We realised these were not
music lessons but life teaching”
(parent of child with disability)
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia Ltd was founded in 1984 to promote the practice of creative music therapy, training and research.
Nordoff-Robbins is a non-profit organisation providing internationally recognised music therapy. Registered Music Therapists use the power of music in live and interactive sessions to help people cope with the struggles of living with a wide range of needs.
Nordoff-Robbins is a member of the International Trust of Nordoff-Robbins based in England, Scotland, USA, Germany, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2001 Nordoff-Robbins built a custom made music therapy centre on the Penrith campus of the University of Western Sydney (UWS). The Centre has four functions:
1. Music therapy clinic: Over 200 clients come to the Centre every week for
individual or group music therapy.
2. Training: The ‘Master of Creative Music Therapy’ is a two-year full-time course
co-delivered by UWS and Nordoff-Robbins. The Centre provides teaching, study
and placement facilities for students.
3. Outreach: The Centre provides outreach programs to a range of organisations.
4. Research and further education: The Centre hosts research and continuing
professional development facilities for music therapists.