Student Information

Student Name

Daniel Park




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Nordoff Robbins Center for Music Therapy

Mentor(s):Jacqueline Birnbaum

Topic of Internship

Music Therapy

Background Information

Dr. Clive Robbins and Carol Robbins established the Nordoff- Robbins Center for Music Therapy in 1989. It is currently a part of the music therapy graduate program at New York University. Currently directed by Dr. Alan Turry, the centerís mission is to provide clinical, professional, and public services through treatment, training, and research programs. Members of the clinical staff have professional credentials and are New York State licensed music therapists. All hold graduate degrees in music therapy and have completed an additional post-graduate advanced clinical training program in the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy approach. The Centerís research program is closely connected to treatment that allows therapists to constantly develop and refine their clinical work.

Summary of Internship

My internship experience with the Nordoff Robbins Center for Music Therapy has been incredibly rewarding. Every Thursday, I had to wake up early in the morning for the commute to New York City, take a forty-minute subway ride, and walk a dozen blocks, yet I feel no regrets in partaking in this educational opportunity.My responsibilities included filming the two therapy sessions that I am present for, keeping the attendance book up to date, and doing whatever is needed around the office. Of course, this left a bit of free time allowing me to sit in during indexing (reviewing and documenting) sessions, peruse the comprehensive library, and mingle with the vast collection of musical instruments at my disposal. However, my favorite activity was filming the music therapy sessions as it gave me a glimpse into the wonders of music therapy. I saw a lot of people with a myriad of disabilities walk through the elevator doors, but I also saw smiles on every one of them.Often, these disabilities make communication difficult as their bodies have using traditional language. However, when they walk into a session, everyone speaks the same language: music. Whether it be the weak yet steady beat of a drum or the joyous trill of a piano, everyone can speak the universal language that is music. The internship has provided me with an invaluable experience and showed shown me the potential of the growing and incredible field that is music therapy.

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