Studies show what we already know: Music IS the Magic!
The purpose of Band Together Pittsburgh (a recognized 501 (c) 3 non profit organization) is to
employ the power of music to engage youth on the autism spectrum and their families. Music
has the proven capacity to enhance social interactions, build and develop communication skills, and improve motor/sensory, emotional, and academic/cognitive functioning. PLUS it’s FUN!
Music brings us together. Fills our souls. And creates pathways to help those on the autism spectrum to build new skills. The founders of Band Together Pittsburgh have decades of experience in the music scene and in the non profit youth development world. That knowledge coupled with a science based approach provides us with a solid foundation to provide programming.
We are also working in partnership with Seton Hill University and have created a rigorous evaluation tool and strategy to be able to quantify what we are doing and communicate the results. Following, are just a handful of scholarly papers addressing music, music therapy and youth on the autism spectrum. Their findings are exciting. it’s time to Band Together Pittsburgh!
Music therapy services for young children with ASD are very effective for improving
communication, interpersonal skills, personal responsibility, and play (Whipple, 2012).
Percussion and Distance Learning: Improving Attention-to-Task in Children with Autism. Brenda L. Guzic, MA1, Kent Tonkin, MA1, James Donovan, M.Ed.2, Donald Walkovich, PhD, 3 Barbara R. Demuth, MSN1, Barbara Walkovich, BS4, Jay B. Roberts, MA1, Ashok Bapat, PhD1
Music therapy interventions may elicit joint attention (Kalas, 2012); enhance auditory
processing, other sensory-motor, perceptual/motor, or gross/fine motor skills (LaGasse & Hardy, 2013); and identify and appropriately express emotions (Katagiri, 2009).
Music therapy interventions based on family- centered practice may increase social
engagement in the home environment and community (Thompson, McFerran, & Gold, 2013)
Music therapy interventions using musically adapted social stories may modify target behavior
and teach new skills (Brownell, 2002).