Decreased social interaction is a scary reality for disabled people - be it a learning or mobility disability. Drake Music Scotland’s TRACS project exists to breakdown the social barriers for disabled people through music. A professional recording suite funded by Lottery money has provided hundreds with access to increased social interaction, by working in groups to record their own music.
Participants gain a sense of empowerment and increased self-esteem from creating something for others to enjoy. When James, 25, who has learning difficulties and ADHD became involve, he wanted to work alone. However, within a matter of weeks he learned how to work in a team and make friends.
Education & Training Manager, Cath Sewell, explains: “James now plays regularly with our band, Liveheart, and is also participating in the accredited music technology course we run. It’s wonderful how the studio has helped improve his confidence, self-esteem and well-being.”
TRACS was a semi-finalist in the 2012 National Lottery Awards.
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