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SERENADE is an inclusive, small-group parent-child music class that uses musical games, parent training, and peer interaction strategies to promote social engagement and positive behavior in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program studies how musical experiences scaffold a child's development, meaningful social engagement, and impact and support family and community connections. During SERENADE's weekly music classes, families build a musical toolbox of strategies designed to foster and enrich shared social experiences.

Who Is Involved?

SERENADE is led by our Principal Investigator, Dr. Miriam Lense, PhD. Lab members involved include: Sara BeckDanielle DaiNikki DiazChristina Liu​Rita Pfeiffer, Rongyu Xin, Nia GoodmanMary Nevins, Michael Burchesky, and ​Megan Lynch.


Program for Music, Mind, and Society at Vanderbilt (TIPS)
Vanderbilt-Meharry Community Engaged Research Core Grant
Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)
Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy
CreativeBridge Coalition
Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab
Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Interested in Participating?


Families with children 2-4 years of age, with and without autism may be eligible to participate. Please contact us at for more information.