Spring 2018

Document Type

Master's Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


On-task behavior is linked to higher achievement in school, but students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have difficulty staying on task. Effective interventions are needed to help students with ASD stay on task and be successful at school. This study provided classical music during independent student work to determine if playing classical music during independent learning activities would increase on-task behavior. This study utilized a single case AB design with three participants. During the baseline phase, no music was played while students worked independently. During the intervention phase, classical music was played while students completed their assignments. Results showed varied effectiveness, but all participants had increased on-task behavior during the intervention phase. This indicates that using classical music might be an effective strategy to increase on-task behaviors in for some students receiving special education services for ASD.