Music Class for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum

Music Class for Young Children

This "mommy-and-me"-style program is taught by graduate students and alumni of Boston Conservatory’s music education program and allows parents to introduce young children on the autism spectrum to music. Financial aid is available to families who qualify.

Age Range

Ages 3-8


Rhoda Bernard


Saturdays, 12 weeks in the fall and spring

Fall 2016 classes begin in September


$175 per semester (12 classes)

Skill Level

No previous music experience necessary


Students must be able to participate effectively in lessons or classes and maintain an environment that is safe for themselves and others.


This first-of-its-kind program employs a diverse curriculum designed to nurture a broad musical foundation through hands-on experiences and engaging activities.

In each class, children will use handheld percussion instruments (drums, bells, shakers) to create musical soundscapes, as well as practice steady beat and rhythmic patterns. Through the use of movement props (scarves, bean bags, parachutes, etc.), children will discover different ways to engage with music, including expressive movement, dramatic play and interaction with large-motor illustrations of musical elements, such as tempo, form and dynamics.

The musical repertoire for this program consists of original compositions created specially for each student by their instructor. Families will receive a CD of songs from class to play at home.


Children who participate in this program will gain:

  • Musical opportunities and basic musical skills
  • Social experience through music
  • Opportunities to develop gross and fine motor skills

The program will also provide families with a supportive community of fellow students on the spectrum and the Conservatory’s experienced graduate student music education instructors.


To apply, submit the online Application and Intake Questionnaire and, if applicable, the Financial Aid Application Form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application and Intake Questionnaire

Financial Aid Application Form


Contact program director, Rhoda Bernard.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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