Response towards musical activities: a case study of two children on the Autism spectrum
This current study intended to address the relationship between music and autism by examining how music strategies helped bridge the social communication gap and improved students’ educational experience, sense of well being, ability to communicate with the teacher, and success in the music classroom. This mixed-methods study used a case study approach to analyze children with autism. Two children met twice a week for a twelve week study to engage in various music activities planned by the current researcher. Activities included using picture books paired with music, responding to music through body movement, keeping a steady beat using an instrument or body percussion, and playing instruments. Observational notes were recorded for each activity and a music response scale was completed by the researcher and each child’s Education Assistant to measure the students’ level of engagement and quality of response. Results from the study varied according to each student but overall the findings showed a medium to high response rate of engagement and enjoyment of musical activities.