Date of Award


Degree Name

Special Education


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

First Advisor

Lori Howard


It is general knowledge that music affects our emotions; slow rhythmic music can make us sad and fact upbeat music can make us happy. Music is everywhere and it is a powerful outlet for people’s emotions. Music in the classroom can have many effects on students. It may relax them, motivate them, or even sooth them, helping to reduce frustration levels. Music enhances learning in the classroom and it has long been used to help memory skills in students such as learning the alphabet through song. Music helps stimulate creativity and reflection, and it also provides a welcoming entrance into the classroom. While working on this project, many articles and websites were reviewed that provided insight into the theories of music in the special needs classroom. Educational researchers have long looked for a way to teach students to learn well. What they are finding is that music enhances all styles of learning. Upon completion of this study, data will show that background music is a valuable classroom management tool in decreasing unwanted behaviors in the special education classroom.


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