Our School History

Services in Schools in the DFW Area

Our History – Music Therapy Services of Texas


Our school-based division began in 1995 when James Craig Williams and Vera Williams founded Music Therapy Services of Texas. Craig, a board-certified music therapist, grew a successful business that provided outstanding music therapy services to school districts across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In 1999 Craig was diagnosed with colon cancer and fought a courageous two year battle with the disease. After his passing, Vera continued his legacy. She assumed the role of CEO and continued to run the business for the next 18 years. In 2017 Vera began her own fierce battle with throat cancer.  After two years, her love for Craig conquered all and she passed away on her and Craig’s wedding anniversary, June 19th 2019.


Prior to Vera’s passing, Music Therapy Services of Texas was transferred to Mary Altom, the owner of Sound Starts. Mary has worked in the school setting through Music Therapy Services of Texas since 2007 as both music therapist and the company’s Client Services Manager. Because of Craig and Vera’s vision for music therapy in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Mary has gained extensive music therapy experience in multiple school districts. She has completed over 1,000 music therapy evaluations and is an expert when it comes all things regarding music therapy as a related service.

Specially Designed Songs & Strategies

Our team is trained to developed specific songs and music interventions to meet a wide variety of specific IEP objectives.

Evidence Based Practice

Our music therapist’s techniques and strategies are a direct reflection of the most current evidenced based practice in music therapy.

Clear Communication

You can expect clear and frequent communication from our music therapists. 

School Districts Served Each Week

Students Served Weekly

Need music therapy in your school?

We can meet the needs of your school district’s music therapy program. We offer a complimentary consultation to answer your questions and to design a program perfect for your school.