Our work originated from the tradition of using live musical interaction to engage clients in their own growth and development. This approach, known as Creative Music Therapy was pioneered by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins in the 1960s and 1970s – they used improvisation to help children with physical or mental illness, disabilities or emotional distress to relate and communicate through music.

 
Enid Rowe established the first delivery of Nordoff-Robbins in Australia in 1978 and worked tirelessly to establish Nordoff-Robbins, culminating in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia being founded in 1984 to further promote and develop the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy.
 
In 1993, Robin Howat, a London trained music therapist, moved to Sydney to establish a training course, which ultimately evolved into the MCMT program currently run in conjunction with Western Sydney University.
 
With the support of the Golden Stave Foundation, the Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre was opened in 2001 on the Kingswood Campus of Western Sydney University.  It remains the only purpose-built music therapy centre in Australia, and indeed the Southern Hemisphere.
 
We remain grateful for the work that Enid, Robin, The Golden Stave Foundation and our many supporters contributed to allow us to assist so many people with transformational music therapy programs.
 
Incorporated in 1997, we are proud to be part of a global network of Nordoff-Robbins practices and training programs.