Dominican University of California
 

Location

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 4:20 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 4:35 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor

Madalienne Peters, Ed.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Music education has an important place for students with special needs. Through community based arts education programs, student benefits range from social to academic. The problem is that too often music education, among arts programs, is not taught in special education classrooms. The purpose of this study was to identify benefits that music education has on students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), focusing specifically on academic, behavioral, and communicative skills.

A review of the literature revealed that music is beneficial to students in a variety of ways, when they are provided the opportunity to engage in music education. Through this qualitative study, data were collected from teachers, community based master teachers, and middle school students, over a 9-week residency art programs in a public elementary/middle school in Northern California. Preliminary findings identified that music education is beneficial to students with ASD in the areas of academics, behavior, and communicative skills.

Key Words: music education, academics, behavior, communication, special education, Autism Spectrum Disorder

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The Benefits of Music Education on Academic, Behavioral, and Communicative Skills with Middle School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

Music education has an important place for students with special needs. Through community based arts education programs, student benefits range from social to academic. The problem is that too often music education, among arts programs, is not taught in special education classrooms. The purpose of this study was to identify benefits that music education has on students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), focusing specifically on academic, behavioral, and communicative skills.

A review of the literature revealed that music is beneficial to students in a variety of ways, when they are provided the opportunity to engage in music education. Through this qualitative study, data were collected from teachers, community based master teachers, and middle school students, over a 9-week residency art programs in a public elementary/middle school in Northern California. Preliminary findings identified that music education is beneficial to students with ASD in the areas of academics, behavior, and communicative skills.

Key Words: music education, academics, behavior, communication, special education, Autism Spectrum Disorder