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Miami Lighthouse Music Program

Music Program Summer Camp Dates
June 10th - August 16th

For information about hiring our musicians to perform at events click here.

About our Miami Lighthouse Music Program

The only organization in the nation offering all-inclusive music, audio instruction, and youth development programs for the blind and visually impaired, Miami Lighthouse is a leader in Music education and facilitation for the blind and visually impaired. Miami Lighthouse provides the only comprehensive Braille music distance learning curriculum, which is accessible at all times, to any musician, anywhere in the world. Miami Lighthouse offers several innovative programs that are opening doors to careers in music and in lifelong appreciation and enjoyment.

For more information and to register for Braille music distance learning Contact Jin Choi our Braille and Assistive Technology Specialist, Library of Congress-Certified Braillist in Literature & Music at 786-362-7458.


Youth Summer Music Camp for grades 6-12

During the summer, Miami Lighthouse presents a unique, entrepreneurial music camp that brings visually impaired students and their sighted peers together for an innovative experience. The camp applies musical skills in a realistic industry environment. Students will learn how to arrange various songs in a team-based ensemble environment, participate in performances at popular local venues, write and record their own original compositions, and develop entrepreneurial skills that will be applicable to aby career path they choose to pursue. Our Positive and supportive social environment allows students to build lasting relationships and make memories they will cherish their entire lives, all while developing relevant skills.

For more information, please email John Nichols Director of Music Programs at Jnichols@miamilighthouse.org or call him at 786-362-7535.

WLRN Sundial interviewed our Miami Lighthouse music instructors about a new musical score written to accompany The Great Train Robbery - the iconic, early silent film, performed at Music Under the Stars on May 16th 2018.

Miami Lighthouse Music Instructors and Staff

  • John Nichols - Director of Music Programs
  • Carlos Camacho - Brass, Wind, and Bass
  • Oman Pedreira - Strings
  • Julio Fumero - Piano and Keyboard
  • Gerardo Ubieda - Percussion

The Henry & Inez Stone Music & Sound Studio offers program participants an opportunity to learn the latest techniques with skilled music professionals in a state-of-the-art setting. This provides a critical opportunity for students to test their compositional skills, technological mastery, independence and creativity. Industry relevant technologies and instruments used in the program include:

  • Cakewalk
  • Pro Tools
  • MIDI
  • Logic Audio products
  • Propeller Head Reason products
  • Sibelius notation software
  • Roland keyboards and synthesizers
  • M-Audio products
  • Instruction is offered on Apple and PC computers

Our Music Production Program and our instructors have received national and international recognition. Our Program was awarded a grant by the Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, founded by the fans of the poplar band Phish, that supports music education for children. Ten grantees were selected from among 1,303 initial applicants throughout the United States.

Other grant providers include The Henry W. Bull Foundation, Carnival Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, the Wildflower Foundation, the Helliwell Family Foundation and the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust have awarded grants in support of our Music Program and Braille music curriculum.


Music Program Testimonials

Music Program percussionist Adriel "I liked studying science and math in school, but music makes me happy. I have some vision, but when I'm here at the Lighthouse, playing in the band with all my friends, that's what it's all about."

Music Program trombonist Christopher "My godfather is a professional musician. He plays the trumpet, but I really like the trombone. I've learned so much here at the Lighthouse. I come to the Music Program religiously every Saturday to continue to evolve and learn, especially from music instructor Carlos Camacho. I am already getting some paid gigs."

Lighthouse Band member, percussionist and pianist Rick "I've been playing the drums since I was nine years old. I've never been sighted, but it's never stopped me from wanting to learn new things. Among those 'new things' is work with the synthesizer and learning to use the braille version of ProTools to create my own recordings. I've been a Lighthouse band member for more than three years. I love to play and reminisce about gigs at New York's famed Apollo Theater and the Village Gate."

Instructor Carlos Camacho with Lighthouse Band member, percussionist Joel "This Music Program is a wonderful thing. I've been coming here for two years, and I'm learning to work with computers in the braille music program. Finding the Lighthouse has made a big difference in my life."


Parent Testimonial

My husband and I are very impressed with your organization. The services that you provide to the community are incredible. My son Hobie Benson enjoys going to your center to learn and serve in the community each opportunity he can. Your music program has enhanced Hobie's music talents and he is grateful to be part of The Miami Lighthouse.

The staff at your center shows professionalism and commitment to the community and to the children involved in the summer program and also the program during the school year on the weekends.

Thank you for taking your position at the Lighthouse with such effort and consideration to others.

I would recommend this program to any friends with a score of Excellency.

Please reach out to me whenever you need anything for the center.

Jenny Benson, RN, BSN, CCRP
University of Miami Health System
Inpatient Unit-Research Services
1475 N.W. 12 Avenue, Suite 2076
Miami, Fl 33136
j.benson2@med.miami.edu
305-724-7760

Music program students have recorded five CDs: See the Light, It's Not Impossible, A Better Chance, Holiday Joy and Love and Fables and Favorites. All tracks on the CDs are original - written, performed and recorded by our students.

To order any of our CDs call the Miami Lighthouse Vision Solutions Center at 786-362-7489

 


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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following

 

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

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

Health Foundation of South Florida

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

 
 

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