School of Communication and the Arts


Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (MFA)


Sarah Hoyt


Visual Design, Music, Rhythm, Patterns and Repetition in Design, Auditory Processing, Music and the Hearing Impaired, Music Flashcards, Music Drills, Visual Rhythm in Design, Visual Literacy


Art and Design | Music


Auditorily impaired music students struggle to understand musical rhythms and patterns which can lead to frustration, low self-esteem, lack of developing musical skills, and reduced music appreciation. Often, the needs of those with hearing challenges are overlooked in the curriculum planning process. This research aims to show the importance of providing appropriate learning methods and materials for music students who are hearing impaired. Specifically, this study focuses on the elements of patterns, repetition of patterns, and rhythm within the visual designs used in the instruction of musical elements. The methods used in this research are based upon observation, investigation, and analysis of prior research and case studies using visual artifacts as learning tools. Moreover, the results of this research involve the revelation and importance of using adequate visual materials as supplemental learning materials for music students of all levels of abilities, specifically designed for those with special needs, hearing disorders, and auditory challenges.