May We Help & Xavier University team up for Adaptive Music Camp

May We Help & Xavier University team up for Adaptive Music Camp (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A music camp at Xavier University attracted top talent from all over the country.

What makes the music camp so incredibly special is that it's a partnership between some moms who are passionate about music, an organization that supports them called May We Help and the innovation lab at Xavier University; quite a team that has quite a few kids singing their praises.

A year ago when Anna Amend decided to play the guitar her challenge was simply the best way to keep it stable while she played.

Anna said, "Because I strum with my foot and if it's moving around I can't play it as well."

All that changed when her instructor, Tony, at the Adaptive Music Camp found she needed to adapt her tools. A stable stand is all it takes to play the guitar, or maybe the trumpet or French horn. Or maybe even the cello. The camp is all about teaching students how to trouble shoot.

Deb Amend, Adaptive Music Camp director, said, "How to play an instrument when they are missing a limb or they don't have range of motion, that would be typical."

It's all possible thanks to a group of volunteer engineers who build stuff. They are with a group growing internationally now called May We Help. This year to build the devices they are getting some high-tech help. Thanks to Xavier University's center for innovation, 3D printers are now assisting May We Help.

Tom Merrill of Xavier University and the center for innovation said, "We are able to rapidly prototype new designs."

New designs like an arm adaption allow instructors such as Jennifer Petry to teach any student to play an instrument. Jennifer is Inga's mom. She helped put together the camp after May We Help built foot stands for her daughter Inga to play the cello.

Inga said, "Suzuki, his motto was everyone can play so she wanted to come up with this idea to partner with some people and get any kid that wanted to play to be able to do it."

Bill Sand of May We Help said, "Last year 80 percent of what we built was for children under the age of 21 and we shipped to 20 states."

May We Help is really in demand. They don't charge families for the devices so they are always in need of donations. The kids at the camp also invite people to a free recital. It's Friday night, July 1, at 7 p.m. at Edgecliff Hall at Xavier.

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