Personal Stories

American Music Therapy Association

Quote from music therapist Tamera Morris, on her experience with patient William.

“Music has the power to charm the savage beast. It also has the power to enrich the mind of a child with autism. Many people with autism have limited verbal expression. They live a life of involuntary silence. "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." (Aldous Huxley) That is the reason why "music (became) the shorthand of (William's) emotions." (Leo Tolstoy) It gave him opportunities for speech, emotional contact and mental focus.”