Tamar Hadar

Tamar Hadar

Tamar is a Postdoctoral researcher at New York University (NYU). Together with Prof. Kenneth Aigen she is developing a time-oriented model to the analysis of Nordoff & Robbins’s improvisations. In 2018 Tamar completed her PhD studies at Bar Ilan University (in Israel), under the guidance of Prof. Dorit Amir. Her Dissertation dealt with dialogic moments in joint improvisation: between two jazz musicians and between therapist and client in music therapy.

Teaching experience

Since 2019, Tamar is an adjunct lecturer at Lesley University, Expressive Therapies Graduate department, Cambridge, MA, USA. Teaching Research & Program Evaluation and Thesis courses, she instructed over 20 thesis students at Lesley University.

Clinical experience

Tamar has over 10 years of experience working as a music therapist with infants and children (0-6) with developmental delays, in music centered and family centered approaches.

· Music Therapist at “Step One” Early Intervention Program, Aspire Health Alliance at Quincy, MA, USA.

· Music therapist at “The association for children at risk”, in nurseries for infants and children diagnosed with ASD (Autistic spectrum disorder), in Israel.

· Music therapist for families at risk, in a center for children (0-6) and their parents, affiliated to the Israeli Welfare Ministry, in Israel.


Hadar, T. & Amir, D. (2021). Intimacy, mutuality & negotiations: Dialogic moments in joint improvisation. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/08098131.2021.1915855

Hadar, T. (2019). The Meaning of Joint Improvisation: Between Client and Therapist and between Two Jazz Musicians. [Doctoral dissertation]. Bar Ilan University. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32060.80007

Hadar, T. & Amir, D. (2018). Discovering the flute’s voice: on the relation of flutist music therapists to their primary instrument. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 27(5), 381-398. DOI: 10.1080/08098131.2018.1467480