My thesis topic

The power of music and its positive influence on development of children have been illustrated in many works of specialists in fields of Psychology and Education. Particularly, music lessons improve communicative skills (Gourgey, 1998), reading skills (Cuttietta, 1995, 1996; Mclullich, 1981; Wisbey, 1981) and cognitive development (Radocy & Boyle, 2003). Music has a positive impact on training memory, pronunciation, phonology (Frances, 1984, 1985) and metacognitive skills (Lafortune, Jacob, & Hébert, 2000). In addition, in other papers researchers investigated that music training supports academic achievement (Southgate, Roscigno, 2009). Besides, music can be used as a treatment in special education, especially for children with autism spectrum disorder. Edgerton discovered a positive rise in social skills among the children with ASD from 6 to 9 years old (Edgerton, 1994). Braithwaite and Sigafoos (1998) emphasize that during their research, children with developmental disabilities showed more active participation and engagement in communicative interactions during the music session. In contrast, these children were considered to be very passive in real life.

The number of children with autism spectrum disorder is increasing in Kazakhstan. Moreover, many parents continue hiding their children with this syndrome that is why the real number of children who need an additional support is much bigger. Resources, materials and programs for developing children with autism spectrum disorder are limited. Furthermore, better children with ASD are prepared; there are more chances for them to go to mainstream school. From my personal experience, children with ASD struggle with the behavior and concentration in many cases (it also depends on the level of severity). In case music therapy has the same effect in Kazakhstan as it does in other countries, there are chances to improve social skills of every child with disability in Kazakhstan depending on their level of disability.

The aim of my thesis is to find out the role of music therapy with autistic children in Kazakhstan and its impact on social skills. Comparing the international practice, it is necessary to find out how music is used with autistic children in Kazakhstan and if it impacts on social skills of children with ASD.



Gourgey, C. (1998). Music therapy in the treatment of social isolation in visually impaired children. RE: view, 29(4), 157.

Lafortune, L., Jacob, S., & Hébert, D. (2000). Pour guider la métacognition (Vol. 1). PUQ.

Merrell, A., (2004). The benefit of incorporating music in the classroom. Available from:

Mills, J., (1993) Music in primary school(2nd ed). Cambride, Cambridge university press

Nordoff, P., & Robbins, C. (2006). Music therapy in special education. Barcelona Publi

2 thoughts on “My thesis topic

  1. Nice work, Sholpan (4.5/5). This is a flawless piece of formal academic writing, but does not quite establish any relationship with the reader. After reading the post, your reader is no closer to understanding you as a researcher, or your personal motivations for pursuing this line of study. This semester, I hope your work on the blog and discussion forums will help you balance this academic writing style (which really is quite good), with a more personal style of your own, one which acknowledges your personality and positionality in relationship to your writing.


  2. Dear Sholpan,
    I am really impressed by your post. I think the problem that you are going to investigate is very new and will be of a significant importance for children with autism spectrum disorder, their parents and teachers. I have noticed that you explored international practices where music lessons helped children with ASD to be socialized. It is great that you want to explore this problem in the Kazakhstani context. After reading your post, several questions have appeared in my mind: Where are you going to conduct your research? Who are your participants? How are you going to measure the effect of music on the participants of this research? Thank you very much for your informative post.


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