Miami Lighthouse has added a new component to its Braille Literacy and Technology Program that brings access to music instruction to blind students across the nation.
Mainstream music industry employment is now within reach of blind and severely visually impaired people if they have the skills and basic computer technology that are music industry standard and develop proficiency in Literary Braille Grade 2.
In 2013, Miami Lighthouse launched its unique Distance Learning Braille Music curriculum, based on expanded course content from its nationally acclaimed Better Chance Music Production Program™ and the Braille and Technology Literacy Program. Designed for blind and visually impaired of all ages with advanced Braille skills interested in pursuing a career in music, the curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Distance Learning Department of The Carroll Center for the Blind.
Braille Music is the only way for a blind musician to read music scores directly, and comprehensive training is not available anywhere else in the U.S. Instructor Jin Ho Choi - himself a blind musician as well as a Library of Congress-certified braillist in literature and music - wrote the Braille Music course offerings and has been teaching them in-house for the past year. Now available online, the courses enable the Grade 2 Braille reader to learn the basic concepts of musical notation. The copyrighted, online curriculum includes the opportunity for interaction between a Braille instructor and the student located off-site. Each of the 26 lessons can be completed in approximately 45 minutes.
Miami Lighthouse is currently enrolling new students in the Braille and Technology Literacy program. For more information, contact Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia Jacko at (305) 856-4176, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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