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Music Braille Online Course

Welcome to Music Braille

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, vjacko@miamilighthouse.org.

To contact the instructor, Jin Ho Choi, call (786) 362-7458, jchoi@miamilighthouse.org.

Read our article "A New Synthesis of Sound and Tactile Music Code Instruction: Implementation Issues of a Pilot Online Braille Music Curriculum"

Course Prerequisites:
  • Proficiency in Literary Braille Grade 2
  • Access to a musical instrument the student knows how to play or vocal ability
  • Equipment to write Braille, a slate and stylus or a Perkins Brailler
  • Computer Access with screen reader such as JAWS, Window-Eyes, etc., and playback capabilities
  • Download the free program entitled Perky Duck (hyperlink to the program download site)
  • Equipment with digital recording capabilities digital recorder or a Smartphone
 


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Florida Blue Foundation

Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eleven consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participant

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

The Children's Trust

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.

 
 

The Beacon Council

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

Miami Today

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

Marlins Charity Partner

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

 
 

United Homecare

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare�s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

South Florida Business Journal

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

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Health Foundation of South Florida

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

 
 

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