School of Music


Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)


Paul Rumrill


Music Therapy, Autism, Neurological (Neurology), Cognitive, Social


Music | Music Education | Music Therapy


This study was conducted to focus on the use of music therapy as a treatment to serve people of special needs, including individuals with ASD. The research seeks to inform parents/students of children with ASD that music therapy could be the avenue in which their children/students are treated in certain areas. The information in this research can assist parents with the knowledge and understanding they need relating to music therapy in order for their child to overcome weaknesses associated with ASD. Similarly, music teachers can gain further insight into the world of music therapy to encourage students who struggle in music class to become involved in music therapy sessions. During this study, scholarly sources were used to show general information about music therapy and autism. In addition, findings from peer reviewed studies were used to exhibit the power of music therapy in a child with ASD’s life. The overarching aim of this study is to define, describe and demonstrate the significance music therapy can bring to a child with ASD.