24 March 2020
By Ellie Palmer
The donated keyboards will help provide music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people
The donated keyboards, which range from Casio’s PX, CTK, LK, XW, and NZ series, are being used by music therapists at Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people affected by life-limiting illness, isolation or disability.
At the heart of Casio’s values is a commitment to give back to the community and prides itself on making music accessible to all. What’s more, research shows that musical experiences can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing - another reason why Casio has joined forces with Nordoff Robbins to donate its keyboards.
Neil Evans, Head of Casio EMI, commented: “Nordoff Robbins’ work is truly inspiring and we’re delighted to be able to help champion the positive impact of music therapy by providing access to music to people who need it the most - those affected by life-limiting illness or conditions. We only look forward to further supporting Nordoff Robbins in the years to come.”
Hannah Sheedy, Director of Fundraising at Nordoff Robbins, commented: “We are so grateful for the generosity of our friends at Casio. As a charity, we receive no direct government funding, so by equipping us with these tools we are able to do our best work – and that is a huge gift for us. These keyboards will go directly to those who need it most, helping share the power of music throughout our communities.
Nordoff Robbins was founded by pianist Paul Nordoff and special education teacher Clive Robbins over 60 years ago after they developed a new form of collaborative music-making to engage vulnerable and isolated children, which they termed ‘therapy in music’. Today, Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK dedicated to enriching the lives of people affected by a wide range of life-limiting illness or conditions. It now delivers services right across the UK through their own centres and in partnership with over 211 organisations.
To find out more about Nordoff Robbins’ work or to donate to the charity, visit its website here.