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Virginia Insight

Healing Music


Mano has been experiencing some dramatic change in her life.

The 13 year old Virginia girl had long ago been diagnosed with autism. But her parents say recent improvements in their daughter’s condition have been remarkable.

They credit music.

We take a closer look at Mano’s story, and other examples of music as therapy.

Barry A. Kolman, D.A. - Music Director and Conductor of the Lexington, VA based University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. Professor of Music, Washington and Lee University. Author of The Language of Music Revealed: A Real Easy Way for Anyone to Learn to Read and Write Music (2012, Universal Publishers). Father of 13 year old Emanueala ("Mano") Kolman, who has been diagnosed with autism.

Grace Kolman, M.A. - Motivational Speaker.  Graduate Assistant in Drug Abuse Prevention at James Madison University Health Center.  Doctoral candidate in the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University.  Mother of 13 year old Emanueala ("Mano") Kolman, who has been diagnosed with autism.

Kate Tamarkin, D.M.A. - Specialist in therapeutic music. Musician-in-Residence at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Coordinator of the Music at the Bedside program for Hospice of the Piedmont.   Professor, McIntyre School of Music, University of Virginia. Music Director and Conductor of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra.

Additional Contributor:

Paul Ackerman, Ph.D. -   Clinical psychologist, retired.  Professional musician (keyboards).    Adjunct Faculty at the James Madison University School of Music.