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Nordoff Robbins policy and research events

Our policy and research teams are currently working to produce a comprehensive events programme of networking events, policy roundtables, research seminars and collaborative events, which we run across the UK.

Upcoming Events

  • The Social Value of Music Conference

    This innovative two-day cross-platform policy and research conference, hosted by music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, brings together policymakers, researchers, music practitioners and music industry experts to share best practice and research on the social value of music.

Past Events

  • MUSIC, SOCIETY & MENTAL WELLBEING (2014)

    Structured in two parts, the seminar started with a keynote presentation by Simon Procter. Drawing from his recently completed doctoral ethnographic research of music therapy in a community mental health setting, Simon engaged with questions regarding the politics of valuing music and health; with responses by Tia DeNora and Gary Ansdell, embedded in their collaborative study of music therapy in a non-medical mental health centre.

  • Nordoff Robbins Plus (2016)

    The Third Nordoff Robbins Plus conference was held at Nordoff Robbins on the Tuesday 17th May 2016.

    Music can be many things to many people: entertainment, a route to social bonding, a focus for testing, a mood modulator, a motivator, a therapy. While celebrating its multiple roles and functions in our lives, this conference revisits the kinds of questions that need to be asked, and methods used when seeking to describe, understand, test and communicate about the roles and effects of music and music therapy in people’s lives.

  • Nordoff Robbins Plus (2017)

    Spirituality is growing in popularity across the social sciences, popular culture, and it seems, music therapy. Indeed, throughout health and social care services, practitioners are now being encouraged to pay more attention to the diversity of spiritual beliefs and practices which patients and service users may have. However, in a recent survey on spirituality and music therapy, Tsiris (2016) found that spirituality is something which enjoys an ambivalent relationship with music therapy. Whilst many therapists acknowledged their own spirituality can play an important role in what they do, and recognised spirituality is something which has relevance to all aspects of human life; at the same time, there was widespread reluctance to admit the spiritual fully into the therapeutic relationship, for fear of it resulting in all sorts of opportunities for misunderstanding and conflict, possibly even undermining professional credibility.