New Music Recording Course Enables Syracuse University Students to Teach High School Students with Disabilities

Newswise – SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – A unique new summer course offered by Syracuse University will give SU students the opportunity to teach Syracuse high school students with disabilities the art of music production and music engineering. recording in a professional recording studio.

“Studio Recording / The Inclusive Recording Studio: Summer @SUbCat” is a new undergraduate and graduate course offered to SU students studying music education, the music industry, and other related disciplines. The course will conclude with a two-week experience in August in which SU students will teach and mentor high school music technology students with disabilities in the new SubCat Studios, an accessible, state-of-the-art facility located in the new building. 219 West Multi-Arts Complex at 219 S. West St., Syracuse.

“SUmmer @SUbCat” is sponsored by the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University; University College; and the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music at the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) as part of the Music Technology Access Project (MTAP), a collaborative effort to bring technology and education music to students with disabilities. It is based on the popular music industry course “Studio Recording” currently taught at Setnor School of Music.

“This course is very unique, and the blend of music, recording technology and disability studies is cutting edge,” says James Abbott, Music Technology Administrator and Instructor at Setnor School. “The collaboration between VPA, BBI and SubCat is unprecedented and will highlight SU’s interdisciplinary approach.”

“This is exactly the type of inclusive arts and education program that significantly engages BBI, VPA and the University with the Syracuse community,” says Peter Blanck, University Professor and President of BBI. “We hope this one-of-a-kind program will inspire high school students with and without disabilities to pursue careers in music engineering and sound production.”

“SUmmer @SUbCat” will be co-taught by Abbott and John Coggiola, Chair of the Setnor School Music Education Program, with input from SubCat Studios staff. SU students will work on an extensive recording project in addition to mentoring and mentoring high school students on musical performance and production in the recording studio. In preparation for the two-week experiment, SU students will make modifications to the studio to facilitate this process, such as adapting audio workstation software for voice activation and modifying studio hardware for voice activation. ‘accessibility. All students will collaborate on a recording project as performers and production staff.

“Music engineering is a techno-creative art, and I believe all people should have the opportunity to express themselves in this medium,” says Abbott. “Class and experience for kids is a huge step in that direction.”

“SUmmer @SUbCat” is looking for Syracuse high school students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who have an interest in music, are currently participating in school music programs, or would benefit from musical immersion. High school students will attend the two-week program on August 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The last day of class, August 12, will feature a gala concert produced by students in the program at the Red House Arts Center, adjacent to SubCat Studios.

For more information about attending the course, contact Abbott at [email protected] Further information on MTAP and “SUmmer @SUbCat” can be found at

219 West is a state-of-the-art facility with state-of-the-art recording studios, soundproof rehearsal rooms, dance studio, coffee bar, and artist accommodation. Designed and redeveloped by Fiedler Marciano Architecture of New York, 219 West will share resources with the neighboring Red House Arts Center, as the Redhouse expands its programming to include art workshops, music lessons, fitness classes and more . With local businesses SubCat Studios, Montage Cafe-Bar, Black Lagoon Studios and Ultimate Cut Productions housed within its walls and with the Redhouse offering top-notch arts programming, theater, gallery exhibits and education, 219 West is poised to not only enrich the entire Syracuse community, but to be an arts and business leader for the entire Central New York area.

219 West will hold an open house on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to tour the facilities and learn more about the businesses, partnerships and opportunities housed at the complex, including “SUmmer @SUbCat”. For more information on the open house, contact Anton Briones at (630) 788-7161 or [email protected].

About the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University BBI reaches around the world in its efforts to advance the civic, economic and social participation of people with disabilities. Officially launched in 2005, BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former Dean of the SU School of Education and pioneering disability rights specialist, to improve the lives of people with disabilities. BBI engages in projects on civil and human rights, economic empowerment, inclusive entrepreneurship and employment. With a staff of over 60, BBI has offices in Syracuse, Washington, DC; Atlanta; New York City; and Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit

About the VPAVPA is committed to nurturing cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. The college provides the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thinking and action. Learn more at

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