Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation



First Advisor

Scott Price


The purpose of the study was to collect information about teaching music reading to piano students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and to determine best teaching practices that may be implemented into existing curricula. The study involved interviewing six professionals who are nationally recognized for successfully teaching piano to students with ASD and analyzing the interviews to learn their procedures for teaching music reading to this population.

The interviews contain information concerning the backgrounds of the individuals being interviewed, the demographic backgrounds of students being taught, and the pedagogical process, instructional materials and technology used for teaching music reading in lessons. The summary of the study identifies the purpose of each section in the interview, the intended implication of each question, the number of responses received for each question, and a concluding summary of each question and section to identify the best teaching practices.

While there are a growing number of publications and online resources for music and special education and music pedagogy for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, there are no comprehensive resources for piano instructors regarding teaching music reading to students with ASD.


© 2019, Rachel Elizabeth Davis