The Sounds of Music: Developing a Music-Based Curriculum for the Special Education Setting
This project highlights the need for a music curriculum that facilitates the teaching of music experiences to students with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Leading researchers such as Wigram and Gold (2006), Bhatara, (2009), and Sharma and Jagdev (2011) indicate that there are many positive outcomes when students with Autism and other developmental disabilities participate in music education, music-based curriculums, and music activities. This project provides special educators with a music curriculum that facilitates the teaching of music experiences to students with Autism and other developmental disabilities. It offers behavioral and curricular adaptations, as well as presentational strategies and lesson plans for planning music instruction for various disabilities and grade levels in the music classroom. Project implementation guidelines and recommendations detail project limitations and suggestions that allow for student development in the areas of supporting communication and socialization, and in promoting positive student behaviors for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.