Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Jan Mrozinski


Music is one of the oldest building blocks in human civilization and throughout most of human history. It’s played a crucial role in the education system of many students throughout the United States and across the world. Music can provide students with a lens into many aspects of learning, such as theme, culture, and self-control. Music education and proper sound implementation can be valuable resources that can be used for students with abilities both inside and outside the classroom. However, students who have mild to strong disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have shown that music and excessive sound can have both positive and negative influences on student development. This literature review will review many aspects of positively influenced music and autistic-based learning and Autism Spectrum Disorder through the exploration of scholarly journals. The application thesis adventures through multiple musical-based learning models/interventions to support the positively based interactions with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis