Nordoff Robbins is a specialist music charity, dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK. We deliver thousands of music therapy sessions per year in care homes, day centres, hospitals, schools and our own centres.

Through music therapy we support people with a range of challenges including autism and other learning difficulties, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury and depression. Some of the people we help have a life-threatening or terminal illness, such as cancer. 

Nordoff Robbins' vision is of a world where music therapy's transforming power is available to all those who need it.

As the largest music therapy organisation in the UK, our goal is to bring music's transforming power to as many children and adult is possible, through the delivery of music therapy services, the training of skilled practitioners and research to demonstrate and enrich our work.

Our music services are delivered to people of all ages who live in many different and challenging circumstances. Our clients have a range of conditions such as autism, dementia, mental health problems, learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, neurological disabilities and in some cases, our clients receive music therapy as part of their palliative care. We work to improve the lives of the people who receive our services together with their families and communities, thus ensuring that there is a broad reach from our work.

We also run our own Masters level training course. The Master of Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins): Music, Health, Society is an internationally renowned Masters level programme, validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Nordoff Robbins Graduate Employment Scheme (GES) 2016 offers an organisation a partnership with Nordoff Robbins and the opportunity to have a Nordoff Robbins masters graduate music therapist working with them one 8-hour day per week for 7 months (September 2016 to the end of March 2017) at a total cost to the organisation of £2,480. This 7 month pilot period, which includes an evaluation designed by the Nordoff Robbins Research Department to assess the impact of the music therapy, may if the impact is sufficient then lead to a continued partnership at the full cost of £8,500 per year.

The Nordoff Robbins music therapist will be employed directly by Nordoff Robbins. Nordoff Robbins provides all instruments necessary for the work and ongoing management, supervision and Continuing Professional Development training for the therapist. All the employer’s on-costs are covered by Nordoff Robbins – there are no hidden costs to the organisation.

We understand that it is not always easy for an organisation to predict how music therapy might impact on their service users. Before entering into an agreement for the 7 month contract, we can run a taster session or deliver a short presentation about Nordoff Robbins music therapy and how we work in partnerships with other agencies and organisations. A presentation would include video extracts from music therapy sessions to demonstrate the work in action.

If you are interested in further information about the Nordoff Robbins GES scheme please contact: Agron De Paris, Mobile: 07764 391 203, email:

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