Music therapy and learning difficulties

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK. We support children of all ages living with special educational needs to live well through the specialist use of music, as part of their school programme.

How can Nordoff Robbins music therapy help?

The world can be a very overwhelming place for children and young people living with special educational needs and other challenges, but music therapy offers a wealth of support and helps with emotional, physical, social and developmental difficulties. Music-making is crucial to the way that children and young people learn about the world around them, helping them gain new life-enriching skills.

Through music, our therapists help them to develop an increased awareness of themselves and others, build their self-esteem and confidence, and establish meaningful communication.

Our therapists listen carefully and sensitively respond in music, allowing children and young people to develop their own musical language in a safe environment that offers them a platform for expression and space to be heard.

Music therapy for people with learning difficulties

How is Nordoff Robbins music therapy delivered? 

All our music therapists have successfully graduated from an accredited UK postgraduate training course. Our Master of Music Therapy programme is validated by Goldsmiths, University of London, and our therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. We tailor our music therapy services to focus on the individual needs of the people we support, and the organisations we work with.

We adopt a tailor-made approach, and our therapists work closely with the individual’s wider support team ensuring that our music therapy meets the needs of the people we work with, and complements their overall care plan. Nordoff Robbins music therapy can take the form of group or individual sessions, structured around the needs of the individual or group of people. Using a range of instruments, including the voice, our highly skilled therapists engage people in improvised, shared music-making, often encouraging family, carers and staff to share in the experience. Our therapists aim to enhance the whole musical life of an organisation, and enrich the wellbeing of everyone around them.

Before we introduced music therapy into Alfie and Louie’s life, we were lost. We finally feel we’ve found something which has opened a door, and we owe it all to Nordoff Robbins.

– Alfie and Louie

How to refer someone for music therapy

Our mission is to provide music therapy to anyone whose quality of life could be improved by it.

If you think that you, a family member or someone you care for could benefit from music therapy, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To refer someone, complete our online referral form or download it and return to us via email to referrals@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

If you can’t access our referral form or need help filling it in, call our admin team on 020 7267 4496. They’ll schedule a phone appointment for someone to call and help you.

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