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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.
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 referral form, complete and return to us preferably via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Important information regarding the Nordoff Robbins London Centre
1. Nordoff Robbins is investing for the future and undertaking a full refurbishment of our London Headquarters building. Once this is completed we will be able to move back into beautiful modern music rooms, fully tailored for our clients’ needs. Due to these refurbishment works, sessions will take place in nearby temporary locations from September 2016. Contact us at email@example.com for further details.
2. During this refurbishment period we will have reduced new session places, therefore the next likely space will be January or April 2017. There is therefore no need to complete a full referral form at this stage. Instead please email us your name and a brief description of your reason for considering Nordoff Robbins sessions, and we will get back to you in due course to ask for more details when we have a possible start date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Our specialist music teaching service was created to help people living with a disability or illness develop their musical skills. We accept people of all levels of ability and skill levels range from absolute beginner up to Grade 8 standard.
All that is required is an ability to learn.
The specialist music lessons are available at the Nordoff Robbins London Centre in Kentish Town, London, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Nordoff Robbins Unit in Croydon.
If you would like to apply for specialist music lessons, please complete a referral form and return it to email@example.com or call 020 7267 4496 to request a paper form.
All ages are welcome (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult) at the Nordoff Robbins Community Choir which is fully inclusive and covers a range of musical styles, all taught by ear.
It’s £5 per week to join or a lower donation if that’s unaffordable. To register interest or ask any questions please contact:
London Centre choir
020 7267 4496.