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Music Therapy and difficult life circumstances

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK. We work in our own centres and in partnership with other organisations helping people of all ages who are living with a range of difficult life circumstances to live well through the specialist use of music.

How can Nordoff Robbins music therapy help?

Difficult life circumstances can include living as a refugee or being homeless. In many cases such circumstances can affect someone’s mental health, and can be isolating, affecting a person’s personality, thought processes and social interactions. Music therapy can have a significant positive impact on those living with in difficult circumstances, offering a creative outlet that can help people to cope.

Music therapy for people living with difficult life circumstances

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.

Nordoff Robbins has brought music back into my mother’s life and it’s through music that we have found a way to remember the good times, have fun and see her in a way that we will always want to remember her.

– Betty


Our mission is to provide music therapy to anyone whose quality of life could be improved by it. That’s why we offer our services completely free of charge at all our centres across the UK.

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

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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