Master of Music Therapy Application Form Guidance

Please note, due to the complexity of the application form, we do not recommend completing on a mobile device.

A number of questions in the application make reference to additional information, or external sites. Links to these are provided in the application form guidance and FAQs, which also includes a breakdown of the questions included on the form. We recommend reading this prior to starting your application.

You may save and return to your form at any point during the application. We recommend regularly saving your responses. Please note that in order to enable save and return, data entered into the form is automatically saved on our server. This data is only accessed in the event that you have an issue with submitting your entry (or retrieving your saved form) and is routinely deleted after 30 days.

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Breakdown of Application Questions

  1. You and your application

    a. Name
    b. Title
    c. Date of Birth
    d. Contact number
    e. Email address
    f. Nationality
    g. Declaration of your right to remain and study in the UK
    h. Home and term address
    i. Preferred teaching base and course start date
    j. Have you applied to train with Nordoff Robbins previously?
    k. How did you hear about the programme?

  2. Details of further or higher education

    Including institutions attended, dates, awards, degree class and subject

  3. Your musical ability

    Including standard or grade, instrument and standard of improvisation (below average, average or fluent)

    Please tell us about your musical experience/biography – to help us understand what kind of musician you are

  4. Employment history

    Including details of present and previous exployment dates, employers and duties/responsibilities

  5. Experience

    a. Please give details of any experience you have of working with people who have particular needs as a result of illness, disability, deprivation or social exclusion
    b. Have you personally experienced any kind of therapy, either individually or in a group? Please give a brief description
    c. Please outline the experiences that have led you to apply as a music therapist
    d. Why do you wish to train specifically in the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy?

  6. Language Requirements

    It is important for music therapists to be able to communicate clearly and effectively with people who use music therapy services, as well as with carers, colleagues, funders, service managers, and the many other people across health, social care, education and community services with whom they may come into contact. In addition, since this is a Masters-level training, students are required to read extensively and to discuss, debate and explore concepts in both spoken and written form.

    This degree of critical thinking therefore requires a good standard of English, both receptively (reading and listening) and productively (speaking and writing).

    If you are invited to an individual audition/interview, we will ask you to complete a short written task immediately afterwards. This is not intended to test your knowledge of music therapy, but simply your ability to write coherently in English.

    a. What is your level of qualification in English?

    (Please note, applicants invited to interview may be required to bring evidence of this qualification with them)

  7. Your Health

    As registered health professionals, music therapists are required to demonstrate to the Health and Care Professions Council that their health is not an obstacle to safe and effective practice. This does not mean that any particular health condition necessarily bars you from training, but does make it necessary for you to demonstrate that you are able to manage your health effectively.

    We encourage applications from people who consider themselves to have a disability and aim to offer appropriate support to enable all students to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme. We therefore ask applicants to disclose relevant information here so that we can think collaboratively with them at interview about how best we might be able to support them during the programme.

    For more information, the document ‘Health, disability and becoming a health and care professional’ (2015) can be downloaded from the Health and Care Professions Council website

    a. Do you consider yourself to have a disability. If yes, please provide details
    b. Do you consider yourself to have any particular learning support needs (for example those resulting from dyslexia)? If yes, please provide details and tell us what support you may need to meet the learning objectives of the programme
    c. Please comment on the state of your physical and mental health and your ability to manage any conditions

    All applicants are required to submit a doctor’s medical report. Please download this medical report form, which you will need to ask your doctor to complete. Please not that some doctors charge for this service.

  8. Submitting your video recordings

    To help us assess your musicianship and level of playing, we ask you to submit video recordings of your playing and singing. The recordings will be used in conjunction with your completed application form to allow the panel to make an informed decision as to who to invite to the audition / interview stage.

    Format of Recordings

    You will need to record these as video files saved in AVI, MOV, MP4 or similar format: the files will be watched using either QuickTime or VLC.

    Purpose of Recording

    Music therapy is “musician-ly” work. We need to assess both your skill level and the breadth of your musicianship. The choice of styles and repertoire is entirely up to you, but remember that we are looking for flexible musicians. People who come to music therapy sessions have varied tastes, experiences and cultural identities: we need to be able to support people whoever they are. So we suggest that you show us the range of your musicianship.

    What Should Be In View

    During the recording we need to be able to see your hands and your face (your face can be in profile if you are playing an instrument that prohibits seeing both from the front simultaneously)

    Content of Recordings

    Please include the following (maximum 5 minutes per piece): Two contrasting pieces on your first instrument AND one song, which you sing whilst accompanying yourself on a harmony instrument (guitar / piano / accordion etc). This song must be done WITHOUT sheet music, although you may play from chord symbols and you may have the lyrics written out, provided this can be clearly seen at some point on the video recording (without editing). AND one piece on another instrument (if you have one) At least one of your pieces should be a non-accompanying solo on a harmonic instrument – piano, guitar, accordion etc. Pieces should NOT be examples of therapy-style work or derived from work with people. We will examine your capacity for this type of work in later parts of the audition process.

    Uploading Your Recordings

    We need to be able to download your recordings, so we recommend submitting them using one of the many free file transfer services such as If your link expires before we consider your application, we may need to ask you to re-upload the file later.

  9. Working with vulnerable people

    As registered health professionals, music therapists work with vulnerable members of society and any offer of a place on this programme will be subject to an enhanced DBS check


    a. Have you ever been removed or struck off from a professional or any other register in the UK or elsewhere? If yes, please provide details

    b. Do you have, or have you ever had a criminal record? If yes, please provide details

    c. DBS checks relate only to UK criminal records. Please therefore list countries where you have been resident other than the UK at any point in your life.
    (We may require you to provide us with a Certificate of Good Conduct from the UK Consulate of any country listed)

  10. References and Fees

    a. Please provide details of a personal and professional reference
    b. Who will be responsible for your fees?

  11. Declaration

  12. Information about the application process

    How will my application be assessed?

    A panel of tutors looks at ALL complete applications, including the video footage supplied by applicants. They then rank applications based on their perceptions of: evidence of musical readiness for the training evidence of academic readiness for the training evidence of relevant experience which has informed your decision to apply evidence of knowledge and understanding of the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy

    Individual audition / Interview

    At the individual audition / interview you will be asked: to play your pieces to accompany yourself (again, this needs to be without using sheet music, but you may bring the chord symbols and / or the lyrics) to undertake various musical tasks, including improvising with us to discuss your application to provide the evidence (the original and a photocopy) of your English Language qualification You MAY play / sing the same pieces that you submitted recordings of as part of your application if you wish to do so. We deliberately don’t tell you in more detail what will be required of you within the audition because we want to see how you cope with the unexpected. We also want to find out what it feels like to improvise with you. The music-making audition will be followed by an interview, when the panel will discuss your application with you. We strongly recommend that you prepare for this by reading around music therapy, and in particular the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy, and being ready to talk about any relevant experience you may have. We expect you to be able to think with us about whether this particular programme would suit you, and why. After the audition/interview, you will be asked to complete a short written task. This is not intended to test your knowledge of music therapy, but simply your ability to write coherently in English. You can spend as long as you want doing this, but we would expect it to take around 30 minutes.

    Group Audition

    If you are successful and are asked to attend the group audition, you will then be given further instructions on what to do, including preparing a task of your choice, for the group audition. When attending the group audition you will need to bring: Degree certificate(s), both the original(s) and a photocopy of each Passport, the original and a photocopy of the personal details page Music certificates, e.g. Associated Board exam certificates, are not required.

  13. Diversity Monitoring

    As part of our commitment to diversity within the MMT programme, and within Nordoff Robbins more generally, we ask students at the point of registration to complete this diversity monitoring form.

    The information you supply will NOT be associated with your student record. Instead, we simply combine the numbers into an annual return to our validation partner – Goldsmiths, University of London. This return enables us to monitor the levels of diversity within our cohorts over time. Programme staff and students will see the annual return but will not know who has identified themselves in any particular way. The forms will be destroyed once the return has been compiled.

    a. In what ways, if any, do you consider yourself to be affected by disability? (please tick all that apply)
    b. How would you describe your ethnicity?
    c. How would you identify your gender?
    d. Is your gender identity the same as you were assigned at birth?

  14. Application for the Sony Bursary

    The music therapy profession in the UK is insufficiently diverse and inclusive. Nordoff Robbins UK, both as an employer and as a training organisation believe that our workforce of music therapists should reflect the full range of backgrounds and perspectives found in our society, ensuring the best care is offered to our beneficiaries, whilst removing barriers to access for individuals from lower-income backgrounds. We are therefore delighted that Sony Music UK are offering limited bursaries designed to increase inclusivity of Nordoff Robbins’ Music Therapy workforce.

    The Sony Music UK bursary is offering support to up to two prospective music therapy trainees who will commence their training at the London training base in September 2022. You have an opportunity to apply to receive a Sony Music Bursary. Please note this Sony Music bursary application form must be completed alongside the full MMT application form.

    This bursary is intended to remove barriers to access for individuals may have previously faced challenges that meant undertaking a MMT programme was not an option. It is therefore only available to students with confirmed places who can demonstrate that they fulfil the eligibility criteria.

    Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a combination of the following:

    – An academic track record which prepares them for success on this programme|
    – A track record of working with people in education, health or social care situations which prepares them for success on this programme
    – A musical track record which prepares them for success on this programme
    – That receipt of this bursary would make a significant difference to their ability to – complete the programme successfully
    – An intention to pursue a career within music therapy once qualified to do so

    Evaluation process
    We are asking students who wish to be considered for this bursary to apply (using this form) at the point of application. The information you supply will be considered by a small panel if you are invited to audition/interview and if we intend to offer you a place on the programme. If necessary, you may be invited to attend an interview after your audition.

    GDPR and Data Protection
    The information you share on this form will be stored according to our privacy policy in accordance with the requirements of GDPR for the purposes of awarding the bursary. It may be shared with individuals at Goldsmiths, University of London, for the purposes of awarding the bursary. Once the bursary has been awarded and the decisions communicated, your data will be deleted.

    a. If you consider yourself to come from a low-income background and would like to apply for the Sony Bursary, please indicate here
    c. Please tell us about what informed your choice to study on the MMT programme at Nordoff Robbins and how your academic studies so far have prepared you to study at Masters degree level
    d. Please tell us about your musical experience and how your experience of working wih people in education, healthcare or social care situations has prepared you for your studies on the MMT programme
    e. Please tell us how the Sony Music Therapy Bursary would enable you to complete the MMT training programme successfully
    f. Please tell us about your career aspirations once you have qualified on the Nordoff Robbins MMT programme

  15. Submission

    Thank you for taking the time to complete the application form. Please take a moment to check your answers. You may wish to save your submission and return to it later.