Music Therapy for you

Music Therapy for you

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“Music therapy brings people to life, just by picking up an instrument and joining together in music it helps to heal people, whatever pain or trauma or problem you have been through, it can help. You can be yourself, without judgement and that is what I love about it."

Every music therapy session at Nordoff Robbins is different because every person is different.

We deliver a range of different sessions for children and adults of all ages in our centres and units, from one to one music therapy to specialised music lessons and groups of different sizes and formats. We accept referrals and self-referrals from people of all ages with a wide range of needs and abilities.

Make a referral      FAQs     Music therapy Groups     Specialist Music Lessons        Community Choir            


Who can make a referral?

Anyone can make a referral for themselves or a family member, or in their capacity as a carer. GPs, teachers, therapists and other professionals often recommend music as a way of helping someone in need. 


Make a referral

If you think music therapy could benefit you, a family member or friend please get in touch. Download the music therapy referral form, complete and return to us preferably via email to Please call 020 7267 4496 to request a paper form.

If you cannot access our referral form or complete it yourself, please contact the admin team over the phone (020 7267 4496) to schedule a telephone appointment where assistance can be provided on the allocated date and time of call back option.


What happens next?

We’ll contact you to arrange an appointment for consultation once a music therapy place becomes available. If a decision is made to go ahead, this is likely to become your session time.

For one to one or small group work you will be asked to commit to a period of weekly sessions. This is usually a minimum of six weeks after a trial or consultation session. Larger groups also run weekly and once you have had an initial trial or consultation session you can attend them on a drop in basis. We constantly develop our larger groups depending on demand and resources. Some are ongoing whereas others will run for a fixed period of time.

If you would specifically like to join one of our larger groups, please complete the referral form and you will then be contacted by a music therapist to discuss suitability. The referred person will then be invited to attend a group for a trial session, or alternatively may be offered a 1 to 1 session as a consultation to better assess their needs.


What if there is not a centre close to where I live?

Not near one of our centres? Contact us on 020 7267 4496 to speak to us about music therapy in your area.

How much does it cost?

Nordoff Robbins provides music therapy free of charge at all our centres.* We do this because we want to ensure that anyone who can benefit from music therapy can knock on our door and access the help they need. Anybody who wants to support our work can do so by making a donation. We are a registered charity and receive no government funding and so donations are very important in allowing us continue our life-changing music therapy.

*We will continue to charge people who have access to public funding, for example through personal budgets or funding from referring organisations. Please get in touch with the Music Services team on or 020 7267 4496 to find out more.


We run social music therapy groups for adults with additional needs/learning disabilities, mothers and young children, older people and adults who want support with mental health, physical and medical needs.

All groups may include improvised music making, singing or playing instruments and all offer a social music-making experience. No previous musical experience is needed.

Please contact your nearest location for more details about which groups are currently running in your area.


People come to Nordoff Robbins for music therapy for a variety of reasons. We believe that the elements of music are central to how we all operate as people. How we move, how we communicate, even how we breathe can all be thought of in terms of rhythm, tone pitch and timing.

In music therapy sessions our therapists and clients make music together on a range of instruments including our voices and employ many different styles of music. Developing how we make music together often enables us to develop and strengthen other aspects of ourselves.

In some circumstances it may be that someone wants to learn a musical instrument but due to due illness or disability would be more appropriately taught by a music therapist with specialist training. In this case we can offer instrument tuition for a set length of time. This depends on whether we have an available therapist with an expertise in teaching the instrument of choice. 

Please complete the referral form link, if you would like to consider this approach.

Community Choir

The Nordoff Robbins Community Choir is always happy to welcome new members. The choir is an open group for anyone interested in singing, and is a great way to develop your skills and confidence in a fun and supportive environment. We sing a whole range of songs, from the latest pop hits to international folk music - and everything in between. There will also be regular performance opportunities throughout the year.

The choir rehearses every Tuesday evening, from 6.30 - 8pm. 

Venue: Nordoff Robbins. 2 Lissenden Gardens, Highgate, London NW5 1PQ

For more information, please contact us at or call 020 7267 4496.

All ages are welcome (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult).

It’s £5 per week to join or a lower donation if that’s unaffordable.