Music provides unique and invaluable insights into the human condition, and is a vastly underused tool in education, research and therapy. If the goal of education is to produce well-rounded and balanced young adults who make creative contributions to the community, education must incorporate music and the arts to be truly holistic. Music brings enjoyment, enthusiasm, creativity and participation together in the curriculum. The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of music education on achievement, communication and social behavior in a group of school children with ASD. To highlight and quantify the beneficial impact of music education, we aim to examine how in-school music instruction influences achievement, communication and social behavior in the everyday life of children with ASD, both in and out of the school setting.
Originally created: 11 Jul 2009 Current author: Robert Carr
Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
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