Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Document Type



This paper contains 20 music lessons written and designed for the elementary students enrolled in the Kelly Autism Program at Western Kentucky University. The Kelly Autism Program serves local students diagnosed with autism and offering educational support and after school services. The program in previous years had music classes however, because the staff had no formal training in music, these lessons were forgotten about when staff members resigned, and new staff were hired. These lessons were also limited in content, the lessons in this thesis have been designed to be taught by teachers with little musical training. Each lesson has been written with clear musical and social objectives for students as well as following federal standards for music education. This thesis aims to bridge the gap between the staff and their level of content in facilitating music interventions for students enrolled at the Kelly Autism Program.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Catherine Wilson, Ph.D.


Education | Music | Music Therapy | Special Education and Teaching