Music Is a Powerful Tool for People with Autism

June 12, 2018

Music and music therapy have become widely used and important parts of treatment for people with diagnoses on the autism spectrum disorder, helping them engage, calm and communicate.

After witnessing such an experience with a young autistic relative, Michael Bakan, an ethnomusicology professor at Florida State University, began to explore the possibilities of making music with autistic people, first through the Music-Play Project and later the Artism Ensemble, which paired children on the spectrum and their parents with professional musicians to create and perform original and improvisational works.

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