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Research Department

Why research?

Research has been part of the Nordoff Robbins heritage since founders Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins began their pioneering work over fifty years ago. Research was established as a necessary and integral aspect of their work.

Today, research remains a key element of Nordoff Robbins practice where it is interwoven with the work of our music services.  Nordoff Robbins research practices help us to understand how and why music therapy impacts the people we work with. Nordoff Robbins research projects are informed and directed by our daily work with clients, their families and carers.

Nordoff Robbins research activity and research evidence exists in order to:

  • maintain the high quality of the services we provide
  • provide demonstrable evidence of the benefits of our work for individuals, organisations, funders and employers
  • help us train the practitioners of the future
  • develop disciplinary knowledge and innovative professional practices

Our Research Department is an enthusiastic and vibrant hub led by Mercédès Pavlicevic.

What do we do

  • We provide research resources so that practitioners can be aware of and, in some cases, have access to the latest international research not only from the field of music therapy, but also from the wider music and health field. Researchers, funding bodies, managers and individuals all use our knowledge to find the answers to their questions. Follow our links to resources about music therapy and health and other related disciplines.
  • We study music therapy practice through a range of research projectsWe involve our music therapists and music and health practitioners, and collaborate with scholars across disciplines and institutions pushing the boundaries of knowledge about music, health and society.
  • We provide the UK’s first MPhil / PhD programmes in Music Therapy and Music, Health, Society in collaboration with our education department.
  • We conduct monitoring & evaluation (M&E) projects that evaluate services throughout the UK provided or supported by Nordoff Robbins.
  • We host research seminars and symposia with researchers in a range of music-based disciplines closely linked with music therapy. See our education calendar for forthcoming events. View past seminars.
  • We evaluate our short courses and workshops for music therapists, music and health practitioners, potential students, social care, education and health professionals.

Quality assurance is provided through our two Research Governance committees.

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Case Stories

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New Publication

The Nordoff Robbins research team is delighted to announce its new publication Towards Ethical Research: A guide for music therapy and music & health practitioners, researchers and students.

We're here to help

Need the answer to a question about evidence and research studies on music therapy or music and health? Contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7267 4496