Launch of Research and Resources for Music Therapy 2016


We are delighted to introduce the Research and Resources for Music Therapy 2016 which includes references to research and resources in the fields of music therapy and music and health and is organised as a series of sections.

Research and Resources for Music Therapy 2016 follows in the footsteps of the Nordoff Robbins Evidence Bank. The change in name reflects the emphasis of the content of the document.

Each section features a range of research publications and other resources, including articles, books and guides which concern practice and research. It also includes journal titles, websites and UK policy and guideline documents relevant to the theme of each section. In addition, the sections draw on three resources created by the Nordoff Robbins research team. Each section includes new sections with references drawn from the Outcome Measures in Music Therapy (2016) and the Nordoff Robbins Academic & Research Review 1980-2015 (2015). All sections also include a link to The International Index of Music Therapy Organisations (IIMTO)(2015).

This collation of information forms part of Nordoff Robbins’ vision, which is to develop research-related resources for practitioners, scholars, and those with an interest in music therapy and music and health research.

We would like to thank all colleagues who helped us to create this updated edition as well as the researchers whose dedication and toil contributes to the ongoing development of research and resources nationally and internationally. Without their commitment, this document would not exist.

The scope of the different section varies. For example, Section 11 – Elderly and Dementia Care is very broad and is also the account with most references (198), while Section 14 – Prisoners and Detainee Centres is narrower and is the account with least references (31). It is not surprising then that the number of references ranges between 31 and 198. The following image gives an overview of the relative size of the different sections. 

We hope this is a useful resource for music therapy and music and health practitioners, researchers and students; as well as for policy makers, managers and fundraisers who would like to know more about how, when and why music works.

You can view or download the full document online here.

The Research Team
Nordoff Robbins, 2016