A student run music camp for kids with disabilities is giving campers a chance to record music and team up with nationally known recording artists.
“When you are born into the Abbott family, you’re pretty much born into hearing music, ” said Elizabeth Abbott, an art teacher in the North Syracuse Central School District. “We started to see at a certain point, students with varying disabilities tend to lose their ability to be included in many of the fine arts, especially music. It’s presented as they can’t take lessons or do this or that. In a lot of cases, students have intuitive talent, they really do. We started to say hey, we can make an impact.”
Elizabeth and her husband, James, teamed up with Syracuse University music and education professor John Coggiola, to form the Inclusive Music Recording Studio. The studio gives young adults with disabilities an opportunity to record music for two weeks. Students from Syracuse University graduate music program take a class before the program starts, and create the curriculum.
This year, the program will conclude with a collaboration between students and Syracuse based recording artists Sophistafunk.