School of Education; School of Music
Music: Choral--Teacher Certification
Deacon, Sarah, "The Social and Cognitive Effects of Music Education on Special Needs Students" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1057.
With the adoption of inclusion policies such as the Every Student Succeeds Act, it has become increasingly important for students to have equal access to a quality education in all subject areas. In the last five years, more students with special needs are becoming involved in music education programs within their schools. The purpose of this thesis is to examine how the involvement of special needs students in music education programs may provide these students with cognitive and social benefits that affect conditions surrounding their disabilities. The results of various research studies show that special needs students involved in Music Education, whether in an ensemble or private instrument study, have experienced advantages due to their musical studies. Music Education can provide special needs students with increased confidence and advanced social and cognitive skills.