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Our mission – Make Music Change Lives – sums up what we have done for thousands of people in Scotland for over 20 years.

For many of our clients, Music Therapy is essential to their well-being. We have taken our Essential not Extra message to the Scottish Parliament on two occasions to bring the impact and value of Music Therapy to the attention of MSPs, policymakers and budget holders.  Pictured: Caitlin McFadden, her mum and grandad meet Humza Yousaf MSP in December 2016.  Find out why music therapy matters to another client Amy in our 20th Anniversary Film

In 2016 we provided Music Therapy to 1100 children and adults living with a range of challenges, disabilities and illnesses. Almost 80% of our work was with children and young people. 22% of our clients are on the autistic spectrum; 19% have a learning disability. Annual Report 2016 FINAL

Music Therapists are trained to use music to connect to and build a relationship with a person who may be withdrawn and isolated as a result of their physical or mental health condition. In some cases, Music Therapy can be particularly effective when a person has complex needs and cannot be easily reached in other ways. Every person responds differently but typically Music Therapy improves quality of life, confidence, communication and reduces anxiety and isolation. Read Caitlin’s story.

What is Music Therapy?


Frequently asked questions

To make a referral, please contact us or use the online referral form.

The positive impact Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy has had on our lives is immeasurable.

A Music Therapy session lasts up to an hour and may be one-to-one, or in small or large groups. When appropriate, family members, friends or carers may also join a session. The music therapist aims to encourage the client to interact through music by playing different instruments, singing, using music apps on an ipad, joining in with familiar music, making up music on the spot (improvising), moving different parts of the body, writing songs and rehearsing. Everyone’s experience of Music Therapy is different because every person is different. Watch a session.

The therapist  sets clear aims and objectives for the Music Therapy, often in conjunction with the person taking part, their relatives or carers, and other professionals.  These aims can change over time, as the work progresses and the Therapist will always work flexibly and be led by the client. The format that the Music Therapy takes will also develop, according to the needs of the individual.

The Music Therapy profession is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and represented by the British Association for Music Therapy

Fees for Music Therapy & the Ken Parsons Bursary Fund

We are delighted to be able to offer a supervision practice for music therapists and others in the health and care professions. As an important and integral part of music therapy practice, we can offer this service either via the phone or at one of our clinics.  We have several highly experienced music therapists who are offering supervision as part of their practice.  Please contact us for further details.

Head Therapists

Glasgow, West of Scotland & Stirling
Janet McLachlan 07817 978101
Nordoff Robbins Scotland West, 25 Lammermoor Avenue,  Glasgow G52 3BE. Telephone: 0141 237 4884

Edinburgh, the Lothians & Fife
Kristin Macdonald 07794 460618
Nordoff Robbins Scotland East, 4 Logie Mill (Ground floor – Unit 3), Beaverbank Business Park, Edinburgh EH7 4HG. Telephone: 0131 629 6363

Dundee, Angus, Tayside, Perth & Aberdeen
Mary Veal 07966 913535

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