Teaching Music to Students with Autism

by Alice M. Hammel,

Teaching Music to Students with Autism is a comprehensive resource for everyone who works with students with autism within the music classroom. The authors focus on understanding autism, advocating for students and music programs, and creating and maintaining a team approach by working together with colleagues effectively. A significant portion of the book is focused on understanding and overcoming the communication, cognition, behavior, sensory, and socialization challenges inherent in working with students with autism. The authors suggest ways to structure classroom experiences and learning opportunities for all students. The book includes vignettes and classroom snapshots from experienced music teachers which provide additional opportunities to transfer theory to real-life application.
  • Oxford University Press; August 2013
  • ISBN 9780199856787
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Teaching Music to Students with Autism
  • Author: Alice M. Hammel; Ryan M. Hourigan
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press

In The Press

"Teaching Music to Students with Autism provides an invaluable resource for music educators at both elementary and secondary levels. The practical suggestions, realistic situations, and sensitive, well-informed explanations presented in the book not only inform us to become more effective teachers but inspire us to become more compassionate ones." --Joy Anderson, Assistant Director, Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir and Elementary Music Teacher, Eastern Mennonite School, Harrisonburg, VA
"Following on the heels of their eminently useful Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach, Hammel and Hourigan have once again provided music educators with an invaluable resource for attempting to meet the educational and musical needs of students who are on the autism spectrum." --Janice Smith, Associate Professor of Music Education, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York
"A helpful support for those needing encouragement and a general resource for those wishing to communicate more effectively with parents, colleagues, and administration in order to help students attain an optimal learning environment... Recommended." --Choice

About The Author

Alice M. Hammel is on the music faculties of Virginia Commonwealth and James Madison Universities. She is in demand as a clinician and teacher throughout the United States and is widely published in the areas of music education, teacher education, and students with special needs. Dr. Hammel holds several concurrent leadership positions in the field of music education and is a multiple award recipient honoring her work in the field.Ryan M. Hourigan is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Music at Ball State University. He is an advocate, teacher, clinician, and prolific publisher of research in the area of children with exceptionalities.