Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Mike Tomlinson


This paper examines brain research, brain-based learning theory and how it might be used in music education. The grand tour research question was: How can brain-based theory be used in music education? The sub questions were: How does music affect the development of the brain? How does music instruction in early education affect achievement in math? How can brain-based learning research benefit music educators? Research was reviewed about the brain, music education, and brain-based learning and music. Data were collected using written surveys and informal interviews. The literature review and the data collected support that listening to music, participating in music education and using brain-based learning theory, improves spatial-temporal reasoning. Music is instrumental in the development of the brain and enhances learning. Music enhances spatial temporal reasoning which is used in math.