Project Title: Using Music as Intervention to Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - An Evidence-based Approach
BASIS Advisor: Dr. Lisa Noudehou
Internship Location: Red Hook Art Project
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Fort
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the cognitive and social benefits music therapy has on children with ASD. This study will survey families and music therapists to further the information that is accessible to families, and test new resources such as digital music software to enhance music therapy education for children with ASD.
Having music become a huge part of my life I wanted to explore further into its effects on people and why it is such a therapeutic process for many of us. We all listen to music when we go on runs, when we study for the next big test, or when the room is in need of extra excitement. So if music is there for us, why can’t it be there for the 1 out of 68 kids who have ASD?
I’ve already set up a nonprofit initiative to compliment my senior project which has three steps. First, I will be working with a music therapist to survey families and other music therapists to evaluate the effectiveness of music therapy among the ASD community for children. This information will be valuable for families that just had their child diagnosed with ASD. Therefore, the second part of my senior project will be to make the current existing knowledge we have on the success of music therapy more accessible for kids with ASD and their families. Third, I will be providing free lessons to children on how to use these digital music softwares through my nonprofit initiative, m.u.s.i.C My Way, which directly focuses on this relationship between music, technology and ASD.
Week 10: Conclusion
Hey everyone! It has been a great 10 weeks researching and blogging for my senior project. I write this final blog post to thank everyone that has been apart of this journey and helping me strive for greatness. I want to thank Dr. Lisa for being an amazing faculty advisor and helping me step by […]
Week 9: Finalizing!
Hey everyone! This week I focused on finishing up developing my website in order to start finishing up my final presentation. I met with Dr. Lisa frequently to discuss how I would present my presentation. At first, my presentation needed some work. During my mock presentation, I didn’t feel the energy that I normally bring […]
Week 8: Interview with Alec Betterley
Hi everyone, this week has been a fantastic week regarding my progression with my senior project. From the survey that I sent out to music therapists in the New York area I was able to get a couple of interviews with music therapists to really understand what goes on in the environment. Alec Betterley sent […]
Week 7: Music My Way
Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog! This week I’ve been working on my website and scheduled some interviews with music therapists that Ms. Fort has worked with previously. My main focus this week is to finish up my website so that it is accessible for families to start using once my project is completely […]
Week 6: Consistency is Key
Hello everyone! This week I wanted to discuss about my recent survey that I shared last week. I’ve only been able to gather a couple of survey answers from generous music therapists. I was hoping I could gather more information for my research, but this is the reality when trying to get information from busy […]
Week 5: Show Off the Survey!
Hello, my name is Tyler and I am a student at BASIS Independent Brooklyn conducting research for my senior project. I love everything about music and how it can help people. I know that music has helped me in my life, and I want to learn how it can help others. The purpose of my […]
Week 4: Sending Out Surveys ( S.O.S )
Hello everyone! This week I finalized my survey to be sent out to the music therapists. I am excited to share the data I will be collecting from these surveys. The purpose of the survey is to gather vital information from music therapists based on their experience working in the field and recommendations on how […]
Week 3: Nordoff-Robbins
Hi everyone! This week has been more eventful than most. I was able to meet with Ms .Fort to discuss future plans for my senior project. Ms. Fort was able to assist me with creating a survey that I will send to other music therapists through Ms. Fort’s network that she has in NYC. The […]
Week 2: Methodologies and Effectiveness
This week I wanted to research the effectiveness of music therapy for children with ASD and methodologies. However, in hopes of working with Dr. Noa Fort, my on-site advisor, to potentially shadow a music therapy session and learn from her, there were safety precautions that halted that possibility. There were two main obstacles from making […]
Week 1: RHAP Workshop
Hey everyone! This week I’ve been in contact with Red Hook Art Project to plan for a new music workshop with William Matelski, who is a music teacher at the Red Hook Art Project. I am very ecstatic to work with him in the coming future as well as Tiffany Davis who is the director […]
Week 0: Introduction How Effective is Music Therapy?
Introduction: Hello everyone! My name is Tyler Lucas Cheung and I am a senior at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. I’ve been a BASIS student for about seven years now and joined when the school first open a Brooklyn location, so as a founding student I wanted to pursue the tradition of the Senior Project! I […]