April 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center
11650 Downes St NE
Lowell, MI 49331
$40 – $95
In the late 1950’s, composer Paul Nordoff and educator Clive Robbins developed a form of collaborative music-making to engage vulnerable and isolated children. The success of their methods led to an historic partnership and unique approach to music therapy.
In their decades of rigorous clinical work and meticulous documentation, Nordoff and Robbins found that all people, no matter their abilities, have an innate musical sensitivity that can be reached through the creative use of musical elements in song and improvisation in order to facilitate communication and growth. The approach they pioneered is creative, dynamic, and music-centered, and is now practiced by hundreds of music therapists internationally.
This course will provide an introduction to the Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy. Through video footage, case studies, and their historic publications, we will explore the history of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins’ partnership, the philosophical and musical backgrounds from which their work emerged, and the conceptual framework of the approach. Contemporary applications of the Nordoff-Robbins approach will also be discussed. Musical resources and improvisational techniques will be introduced through demonstrations and hands-on experiences.