Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
We support thousands of people through our own centres and by working in over 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.
Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills. A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them.
In the hands of a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing a terminal illness.
Edinburgh and the Lothians Centre...
We currently have a team of five music therapists working from the East Scotland centre in Edinburgh. The centre provides an accessible and quiet base for individual and small group music therapy sessions, workshops, presentations and meetings.
Our therapists collaborate with organisations throughout Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian to provide services in a range of locations, including both mainstream and special schools, residential and NHS settings. We work closely with staff and professionals and provide regular training opportunities in these settings, to promote understanding, support and collaboration and to provide the best possible service for our clients.
If you would like to make a referral for someone you know or for yourself, you will need to complete a referral form. When suitable time becomes available, a music therapy assessment will be offered which may comprise up to four sessions Following this, we will discuss together how best music therapy might be of help.