Fine and Performing Arts Honors
Date of Award
Thesis Professor Department
Human Development and Learning
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
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Phillips, Cameron L., "Tennessee high school band directors' knowledge, perceptions, and training regarding the teaching of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An Initial Inquiry" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 606. https://dc.etsu.edu/honors/606
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