Jon Samson ’03 Wins a Grammy
In addition to writing children’s music, he has a thriving music therapy practice in Brooklyn where he uses education, improvisation, and studio recording as a unique approach to therapy, especially for children with special needs including those on the autism spectrum.
A major influence moving him toward therapy was his experience working with former professor Joel Thome, himself a Grammy award winning composer and conductor who demonstrated the healing power of music personally as he used it to heal after a physically debilitating stroke.
He also worked as an audio engineer on the four-time Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, for which Dan Romer ’04 (studio production) wrote the score.
He’s also a career consultant and life coach for adults, a musical director, guest lecturer in addition to his work as performer and producer.
He was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.