Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.


Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Maya Ackerman


People with autism often struggle with the ability to communicate. As a result, many people with autism become frustrated in their attempts to express their thoughts and feelings fully. Current forms of music therapy are designed to improve the lives of patients with autism, but are inefficient at developing their communication skills. Our project is designed to help music therapy patients express themselves through the creation of music. A patient will be able to “write” a song through the power of his or her feelings. With our system, music therapy patients can actively drive the entire creative process and learn new ways to express their feelings. It is a tool that empowers people to communicate their thoughts and feelings through music.