Music Therapy in a Virtual World
Music therapy thrives on in-person contact, but COVID-19 forced music therapy clinicians at Nordoff-Robbins to adapt to a virtual world, allowing clients the opportunity to continue connecting, and changing the future of music therapy for clients located across the globe.
“When Covid-19 shut the city down, the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, a vital resource for New Yorkers receiving treatment for a variety of challenges, was forced to stop all in-person music therapy sessions. A core aspect of the Nordoff-Robbins approach is live, interactive music-making by all the participants. This film by Natalie Rule, a recent graduate from NYU who studied Journalism and Psychology at the College of Arts and Science, documents how the environmental limitation caused by the pandemic led to exciting innovations in therapeutic interventions.”
– NYU STEINHARDT
“Take a look at a short film by Natalie Rule, a recent graduate from NYU who studied Journalism and Psychology at the College of Arts and Science with aspirations to become a filmmaker and producer. The film documents the work at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, featuring Nordoff-Robbins staff and students engaging with clients in music therapy. It highlights the long tradition of in-person work and more recent remote sessions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured in the film is an adult autistic client and his mother, who shares her perceptions of the value of music therapy for her son.”
– Nordoff Robbins Foundation
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