Life Changing Music

As part of our national awareness campaign, Get Loud, where we shout loudly and proudly about the power of music, our Director of External Affairs, Communications and UK Development, Jo Carter, spoke on Sky News this morning with Justin from The Darkness.

If you saw the news story and would like to find out more about our work, how you can access music therapy, and how music can change lives, we’ve provided some useful information below:

Who we are 

At Nordoff Robbins, we celebrate the connection and joy music can bring to those with life-limiting illnesses, physical disabilities or emotional challenges. As the UK’s leading independent music therapy charity, we work across the UK offering vital support through our dedicated open access centres and alongside over 150 partner organisations.

About Nordoff Robbins music therapy

Nordoff Robbins music therapy is the specialist use of music to help facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, reducing isolation and enabling people to develop and retain key communication skills.

We can’t help but respond to music – it changes the way we move, feel and think, and we interact with each other musically all the time using our voices and movements.

Helping people to develop through music allows them to experience rewarding personal interactions with others. In the hands of a trained therapist our music therapy can bring a wide range of cognitive, emotional and physical benefits.

Where we work

Our therapists work in schools, nurseries, hospitals, care homes, prisons and community centres, to make sure that we are reaching and supporting the UK’s most vulnerable and isolated people. We also offer a free open access service at our centres and community centres, to ensure that our life-changing work reaches those who need it most.

How we work

Our approach is person-centred and we work flexibly in a range of settings with people of all ages, responding to their specific needs. Every music therapy session at Nordoff Robbins is different because every person is different. 

We run one-to-one and group sessions, using a wide range of instruments, including the voice. Music is often improvised and we support people to develop their own ways of being musical.

Who we work with 

Nordoff Robbins music therapy can be used to support people on both a short and long-term basis, with a range of needs and conditions, including: autism, complex needs and developmental delay, physical or cognitive disabilities, mental health issues, dementia, brain injury and trauma, and short and long-term illnesses.

Our music therapists

All Nordoff Robbins music therapists have completed our Master of Music Therapy programme which is validated by Goldsmiths, University of London, and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Our therapists are trained to the very best standard to ensure that we deliver the highest quality of music therapy possible for the people we help.

How you can access Nordoff Robbins music therapy

At our centres, we receive and welcome referrals from:

If you think music therapy could benefit you, a family member or friend, or if you are from an organisation and would like to have a music therapist working as part of the team, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7267 4496


Find out more

You can find out more about our referrals process and how our sessions work here: