Nordoff Robbins music therapist and beneficiary with guitar

Nordoff Robbins research

At Nordoff Robbins, our research contributes to the development of music therapy knowledge both nationally and internationally, through publications and major research projects.

Our research is pioneering


Our researchers evaluate the impact of our services, so we can provide the best possible support for our beneficiaries every day – and because they work alongside our music therapists, we ensure that our practice is effective and informed by our beneficiaries’ lived experiences.

Research has been intrinsic to Nordoff Robbins’ music services ever since the founders of the approach, Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins, began their pioneering work, and our charity has a rich research heritage that informs our practice and findings even today.

We also contribute to the wider music in health, music psychology and music sociology communities. Understanding and exploring music therapy demands knowledge of a huge range of disciplines, and we are keen to collaborate with groups and individuals working in related fields.

Our Research Projects

Meet the research team

Our Music Therapy has helped transform lives

Music can break through when words fail. That’s why we strive to bring music therapy to thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation.