The idea for the recording studio came from Bradley Reed when he was a teacher at ACCEL. Brad now works as part of the ACCEL administrative team as a Senior Mentor Teacher, but in 2006 he was teaching a high school classroom of moderate to severe intellectual disability students. At the time, his class was working on pre-vocational and vocational goals.
Brad noticed that some of his students were feeling burned out and unenthusiastic about the tasks they were providing the students as part of their vocational curriculum. Brad had a musical background and began to incorporate music into the curriculum with singing and instruments and he found that his students really responded to it. He also observed many students in other classrooms with similar musical abilities and inclinations. He thought about what could help each of these students.
Brad had a recording studio background, and so he wrote a proposal to the ACCEL leadership team, suggesting that they start a recording studio at the school as a way to engage the students as well as improve language and literacy skills and increase social skills.
For Brad and the rest of the team at ACCEL, the potential benefits for students who would use the new recording studio were numerous: increased focus and attention, improving gross and fine motor skills, memory boosting, opportunities for the students to make requests and invitations, reduce anxiety and fear, progression in learning how to take turns, make eye contact, and understand personal space.
Additionally, in the creation and performance of music, the self-confidence and self-esteem of the students would also be enlarged and strengthened.