Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




College of Education

First Advisor

Adriane Sheffield


How does music therapy affect students with Autism and their development? Music therapy is not a very popular field of work, often times people forget or do not acknowledge its existence as a professional career and underappreciate the value it holds. Music therapy helps patients with all different disabilities. The purpose of this paper is to explore the effects of music therapy on children with autism. There are so many positive effects and numerous proven strategies that improve social skills and alleviate impairments that allow for people with Autism to gain knowledge and abilities to allow them to live more independently. Most brain development and physical development occurs between birth and age three to five depending on the child (CA DOE, 2000). Therefore, starting children on music therapy can alter the lifelong effects of autism. This can change the entire course for their life.

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Music Therapy Commons