Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


Growing up, I never heard of autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or what it was until the time my younger brother was diagnosed. Not knowing what it was, I did my research and only read about more severe cases. I automatically assumed the worst and wasn’t sure what to expect. It wasn’t until his specialist recommended something that we had never heard of that my thinking changed. He was enrolled in a school with other students that were also on the autism spectrum that would teach him things he would learn at a “normal” pre-K class. As time went on, he began to learn basically everything, both involving educational material (math, physical education, etc.) and how to do normal everyday things (cleaning, getting ready for school, bedtime). Surprisingly, the school taught him all of these things through music in some way or another.