University, SubCat Studios and High Schools Partner for Inclusive Music Recording Studio
Arts & Culture
This month, local high schoolers will have the opportunity to record professional quality tracks with nationally acclaimed artists Sophistafunk. The free two-week summer camp, held at Subcat Studios in Armory Square in downtown Syracuse, brings together youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) such as Down syndrome and spectrum disorders autism with music education graduate students to collaboratively operate a recording studio.
The Inclusive Music Recording Studio was developed by John Coggiola, dual associate professor of music education at the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education, and James Abbott, professor of practice in the music and entertainment industries at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. ; and is made possible by a grant from the University’s Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education.
The inclusive music recording studio benefits both graduate students and campers. Music Education graduate students deepen their experiences working with students with DIDs, gaining new perspectives on education and inclusion as well as hands-on training working with state-of-the-art sound recording equipment. technology. Campers gain the experience of working together to achieve project-based goals, learning new skills, and engaging in a work environment that can prepare them for future employment.
Abbott, the parent of a child with a disability, says he witnessed his son’s exclusion from music lessons at a public school and decided to create opportunities for students with IDD to have an experience successful with music and community. “The overarching goal of the program has always been to give our campers a space to be who they are and learn in a fun environment,” he says. “When [the students] realize they can master professional recording equipment, run cables, place mics in such a way as to produce a great recording by a popular band…there is nothing quite like it.
The camp also provides unique learning opportunities and challenges for music education graduate students, says Coggiola. “My students are being asked to create a curriculum for camp – to recreate a process they are familiar with in producing in traditional music classrooms, but now in a recording studio to teach children about all aspects of commercial music work and performance.”
The inclusive Music Recording Studio runs August 1-12 at Subcat Studios and culminates in a recording session with Sophistafunk. In addition to music education students and high school students, the camp is open to music teachers who have graduated from University College.