The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC) to Launch Music Camp at the Grand Ole Opry for People with Williams Syndrome and Other DD

April 1, 2010

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The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Music Camp provides a unique opportunity for individuals with Williams syndrome to focus on what they love and do well- music. Goals include learning and practicing new skills in music performance, receiving instruction in music enrichment and appreciation, socializing with mentors and peers, discussing careers in music, feeling connected and empowered, and providing family support and information. The camp includes adults from multiple states. Programming is built on Nashville's strengths in music and incorporated throughout the week's activities.

Campers tour music venues such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. They work directly with professional musicians on Music Row to write and produce a song, to cut a CD, and to perform live on the Grand Ole Opry.

While most summer camps for persons with developmental disabilities are purely recreational, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center camp successfully blends a three-fold mission of training, skill development, and research. Future camps will include young musicians without disabilities and those with other developmental disabilities. Williams syndrome is a common genetic disorder characterized by cardiac problems, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, and difficulties with visual-spatial tasks-but also by strong social and verbal skills, empathy, and keen interests in music. Some persons are quite musically talented, while others have an incredible zest and love of music. The Music Camp is a huge success and allows a creative and educational outlet for highly skilled and talented individuals.

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About the Center
At Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers work together to solve the mysteries of developmental disabilities and human development. Their approach to research is interdisciplinary, forming partnerships between researchers and clinicians in behavior, education, genetics and neuroscience in order to make breakthroughs in prevention and treatment.

Services are offered to people with disabilities, families, educators and healthcare and other service providers. Their programs apply the latest knowledge obtained through disabilities research and provide service models.

Training allows progress to benefit communities. Clinicians, students and researchers, nationally and internationally, come to learn the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's latest innovations.

Impacting communities. They reach out to the community for opportunities to learn more about the science of developmental disabilities and the needs and strengths of the people affected by them. As a result, their research, training and services are focused and effective, having a strong impact on communities.