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Tom, a Music Therapist, looks back at his volatile childhood and shares the one life-changing decision he made at eight years old, which set his future into motion. One morning when the pain and anger in his household became too overwhelming he decided to cross the street to a church where music poured out thru the stain glass windows every Sunday. There, he met a Sunday school teacher who would change his life forever by introducing him to music. Until that moment Tom felt he was small and insignificant, but as he learned to play piano and sing he began to feel like he was someone big on earth and worthy of love. Now, years later as a professional Music Therapist he spends his days providing therapy to people with physical, emotional, and mental health issues who are in search of healing. Every time he works with a client or patient he is reminded what courage and grace looks like and how the power of music can give strength to the fragility of humanity. Tom Sweitzer – MA, MT-BC – Tom is Co-Founder and Executive Director of A Place To Be, a non-profit organization serving over 400 families weekly, offering Music and Expressive Arts Therapy. Tom holds a B.F.A. in Music Therapy, a Graduate Certificate in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University and a Masters in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music. Tom is head of Music Therapy at A Place To Be and has created several therapeutic musical productions that focus on acceptance, diversity and empathy that tours the schools Most recently his Rock Opera A Will to Survive, performed at the Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center. He is an adjunct professor at Shenandoah University and consults as a Music Therapist within the Loudoun County area and beyond. He is a member of the American Music Therapy Association. Tom spent several years as head of Music and Theater at The Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center at the Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia. He served as Artistic Director of Very Special Arts of Loudoun County for eight years and during that time his show Giggle’s performed at the Smithsonian. Tom received the title Loudoun County Humanitarian of the Year in 2014 and in that same year was invited as a guest to the White House for his work with disabilities. In June 2017 he was honored to be a guest at the “Sound Health” conference hosted by The National Institute of Health along with renowned Opera star, Renee Fleming. His choir, “Different Strokes for Different Folks,” a group made up of stroke survivors through Inova Hospitals sang alongside Mrs. Fleming. Tom is a subject in a new documentary, “Music Got Me Here,” along with one of his heroes, Forrest Allen, a young man with Traumatic Brain Injury who found his voice and courage again through Music Therapy. Along with his co-founder Kim Tapper and his A Place To Be team, Tom is building a place where anybody can come and receive therapy through music, happiness and love in their lives. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at