"After a series of minor disappointments today that made me unreasonably bummed, I was reminded of how lovely the universe can be again by the kiddos' piano teacher at Friendly School of Folk Music.She continues to build her repertoire of Taylor Swift for Ella, and for Archer she has color-coded the keys and the music after consulting with an ABA therapist, and because he would really rather be playing drums she learned 7 nation army and taught it to him on the drums while she played along on guitar so he could feel like he was playing in a band. Each week she outdoes herself. The first week he had a full meltdown and we basically all left crying. Today is nine weeks later and I couldn't drag him out--he popped back to the practice room, made eye contact and just said "hi" and stood there, all cool, like they were going to hang out afterwards. Being a parent of a child with autism you basically get to see the best and the worst in people--today I definitely got to see some of the best."

Erika E. Oak Park

"Having Ryan take lessons at the age of 2 at Friendly School of Folk Music has been awesome to say the least.  Ryan has been taking lessons with Erin every Friday morning for a half hour for about six months.  Erin has a great way of integrating play with a introduction to piano, drums, and other percussion. Who knows if this experience will steer Ryan towards a continuing love of music. It is our belief that at the very least, it will encourage him to actually want to always have music as part of this life."

Grace and Chris W.