About Music Therapy
Music Therapy is an evidence based use of musical interventions which are used to accomplish and/or support goals that an individual seeks to achieve. Goals can include the following:
supporting physical rehabilitation
building interpersonal and intra personal skills
promoting overall wellness
Sessions are carried out by qualified and trained music therapists who assess and plan the use of musical interventions (e.g. singing, musical improvisation, playing of instruments, designing listening experiences) to support the development and musical journey of the client. No prior musical experience or training is required in a music therapy session.
There are many different approaches in Music Therapy. The work at Rejoice is heavily influenced by the Nordoff Robbins Creative Music Therapy approach.
For more information:
Nordoff-Robbins Creative Music Therapy
Music therapy at Rejoice Creative Music is heavily influenced by the principles of the humanistic Approach of "Nordoff-Robbins Creative Music Therapy". This approach is built upon the work by co-founders Dr Clive Robbins ( special educator) and Dr Paul Nordoff (composer) in the 1960s. A serendipitous meeting had allowed them to explore the use of music in a special education setting, opening new pathways of development for the children with special needs then. The work has since extended to populations such as people in stroke rehabilitation and people coping with neurodegenerative disorders.
The Nordoff-Robbins Creative Music Therapy Approach functions on the premise that every individual has an innate musical sensitivity that enables him/her to respond to music, regardless of pathology. There is no one format that we follow, instead we focus on music making with the client, however way he/she might be most comfortable with, and according to the needs and goals of him/her.
Find out more about this approach here.
A historical TV interview of NRMT work in NYU: