For the past 30 years, the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt has maintained a steadfast commitment to the belief that everyone possesses a sensitivity to music that can be utilized for personal growth and development.

Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy

Nordoff-Robbins is proud to announce the opening of its new state-of-the-art music therapy center with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. After initial remarks from Barbara Hesser, NYU Faculty Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center, attendees can take a guided tour and witness a short demonstration that highlights how the clinical practice of music therapy helps patients in numerous ways—emotionally, physically, socially and more.  

The Center’s staff have routinely worked with thousands of clients through its three clinical programs—Early Intervention, Children and Adolescents, and Adult—to provide music therapy services, such as individual music therapy, group music therapy sessions and specialized music instruction. The Center also conducts research on the creative and developmental processes of music therapy, and offers training and resources for current and prospective music therapists.

“Engaging in music is a powerful means of personal development," says Dr. Alan Turry, Managing Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy. "Our new facility allows for even more effective observation, research, training and clinical work. That kind of groundbreaking technology allows us to analyze and research sessions with unprecedented accuracy.”

Barbara Hesser adds, “We are happy to have reached so many clients and families through music therapy for the past 30 years thanks to the generous support of all who have contributed to our mission.”

The ceremony will take place at the NYU Steinhardt Education Building (35 West 4th Street, 3rd Floor). [Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).] Actor Robert De Niro has offered a special message in support of the opening, which will be shared with attendees. 

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