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ERIC Number: EJ754216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1547-0350
Music Therapy and the Education of Students with Severe Disabilities
Stephenson, Jennifer
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v41 n3 p290-299 Fall 2006
Music therapists regard music therapy as a valuable intervention for students with moderate to severe intellectual disability or multiple disabilities, but many special educators would regard it as a controversial practice, unsupported by empirical research. This paper reviews the goals and strategies used by music therapists working with students with severe disabilities and the purported outcomes of music therapy. The recent research base that could validate music therapy as an effective educational intervention is reviewed. There is little evidence to support the use of music therapy as an educational intervention, but what evidence there is suggests that music therapy sessions, when planned in collaboration with educators, may provide a context for eliciting and practicing communication skills. Such music therapy interventions should be individually planned and monitored to ensure educational outcomes are achieved. (Contains 1 table.)
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, PO Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A