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Paths of Development in Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy by Kenneth Aigen

An introduction to the ideas presented in Kenneth Aigen's book 'Paths of Development'

This book is a rich resource which explores in depth the work and thinking of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins

For those who are interested in exploring the work of Nordoff and Robbins more deeply, this book provides an excellent follow-up to ‘Therapy in Music for Handicapped Children’.​

In this book, Aigen offers detailed analysis of 8 case studies. Helpfully, the reader can also hear the music described as the book comes with accompanying CDs.​

Aigen describes this book as “a guide to the early work of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins: to their motivation, their thinking and their attempts to articulate the essence of their approach.”

Paths of Development

Discussion Point…

Towards the end of the book, Aigen suggests that; ​

The explorations into the most powerful and profound uses of music represented by these clinical studies can also be seen as explorations into the most profound of philosophical questions. And through these explorations we can gain insight into the ultimate nature of music. Music is that which unites the various realms of existence. (pg 318)​


What do you think is meant by ‘various realms of existence’? Do you agree with this statement?​ Please Comment Below.

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An Introduction to the Nordoff Robbins approach to Music Therapy

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