the foundation

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy was developed by the late composer Dr. Paul Nordoff and special educator Dr. Clive Robbins. Robbins says, "music is the most basic way to reach handicapped children. It is the one thing that transcends all human emotion and feeling. Though there is so much these children can't do, what we want to know is what they CAN do."

The London base for their work was established in 1974 with the opening of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center in London, supported by members of the English music business community. In the fall of 1988, a group led by Ahmet Ertegun (Chairman of Atlantic Records), Pete Townshend and Phil Collins began raising funds to open an American clinic and, in October 1990, the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center was opened at New York University.

Recognizing the important role music plays in this therapy and the positive results the program is achieving, performers such as Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Bono have actively supported the cause.
The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy approach is now practiced in England, Scotland, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Japan, and South Africa New York University which is Dr. Clive Robbins' home base, and not at Cal State Northbridge.