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Nordoff Robbins Scotland is very proud to have played a part in the development of music therapy services in Scotland.  Below is a snapshot of the history!

1973:  The presence of music therapy in Scotland began, with Julienne Cartwright working with adults in East Lothian.

1980’s – 1990’s:  Work continued to develop as more music therapists started working in Scotland.

1995:  the first Nordoff-Robbins unit in Scotland was realised with the inauguration of a community-based service from an office at St Joseph’s Hospital, Rosewell, Midlothian.

1996:  Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy In Scotland was established as an independent registered charity in Scotland.

1998:  The charity opened a new base in Dunfermline, on the site of Headwell School, Dunfermline; and the main office moved a short distance from St Joseph’s Hospital to the Community Building in Loanhead, Midlothian.

2001:  The charity opened another base of operation at Cartvale School in Govan Glasgow. The work from this base also extended to outreach work at schools in Stirling.

2002: With support from Nordoff-Robbins Scotland, the first music therapy training course in Scotland started, based at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.

2005: The Scottish music therapy training course converted to a two-year Master’s degree and moved to Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh (now Queen Margaret University, based in Musselburgh).

2007:  The three bases of operation all moved –  the Glasgow clinic moved to the Pearce Institute in Govan; the main office moved from Loanhead to the Poltonhall Industrial Estate in Lasswade, Midlothian; and the Fife base moved to Crosshill Business Centre in Crosshill near Lochgelly.

2009:  A new clinic opened at the Pastoral Centre in Dundee; and the Glasgow base moved again to the Maryhill Community Centre.


2011:  Our main office moved from Lasswade into new premises in Broxburn, West Lothian.

2015: the Glasgow base moved from Maryhill Community Centre to Cardonald.

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