Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

John Wheeler

Thesis Professor Department

Human Development and Learning

Thesis Reader(s)

Scott Contreras-Koterbay


In hopes to add to the existing, yet limited literature surrounding music educators’ experiences with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), our study surveyed n=62 high school band directors currently serving in the state of Tennessee about their knowledge, perceptions, and training regarding the teaching of such students. By administering an originally designed, twelve-item survey, it was discovered that the majority of respondents had been underprepared in both their preservice and in-service training to effectively address the needs of students with ASD. Despite their lack of preparedness, an overwhelming amount of the surveyed band directors reported their students experiencing social, behavioral, and academic growth following participation in band. These revealed benefits of band participation further affirm the need for improved training for all music educators, both prospective and current.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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