Parent-Child Music Class from The SeRENADe Project: Social and Rhythmic Engagement

Last Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017

Principal Investigator: Reyna L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Other researchers: Miriam Lense


The study involves participating in small group, weekly, parent-child music classes as part of a research study examining music and social engagement in children with and without autism; therefore each music class includes children with autism as well as children without autism.

At each of the ~10 weekly classes, parents and children participate together in music and movement activities in a supportive, inclusive environment.


  • learn strategies of ways to use music during their daily activities to promote social interactions and positive behavior.
  • receive handouts and support materials related to the music program and set a musical goal each week in the program.
  • receive $5 per music class attended and completion of a brief weekly questionnaire regarding use of music at home.
  • also participate in a study visit at the start and end of the classes, which involves play-based assessments and questionnaires.
  • receive $30 for each of these 2 study visits.

Participant Criteria

Children 2-4 years old, with and without autism spectrum disorder, and their parents who are interested in participating in a research study involving small group, weekly parent-child music classes.


Up to $110 for completion of all study activities and music classes at no cost to families.

Visit Requirements

2 study visits plus 10 weekly classes


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Miriam Lense

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