About Nordoff Robbins

About Nordoff Robbins

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About Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.

We support thousands of people through our own centres and by working in over 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. 

Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills. A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them.

In the hands of a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing a terminal illness.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where music therapy is available to all who need it. Through the delivery of high-quality music therapy services across the UK, our Masters-level music therapy training and our dedicated research to enrich, strengthen and demonstrate the effectiveness of our work,  our mission is to bring life-changing music therapy to as many people as possible.

Our Values

Our values define our actions and drive us to bring the life-changing power of music to as many people who need it as possible.

Focusing on people and music

We put the wellbeing of our beneficiaries and their families and carers at the heart of all we do. We work creatively with music to make a positive change to people’s lives.

Striving for quality

We are committed to the music-centred Nordoff Robbins approach and we strive for quality in all that we do when we support, interact and work with others – from our beneficiaries, students, stakeholders, donors and partners, to each other. 

Always improving

We follow the example of our founders Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins. We continuously learn from our work, always look to improve, and embrace new opportunities to bring music to people who it could benefit.