Page 1: About the National Resource Center
"The work of the Resource Center and Neighborhood Studios is of the utmost importance for the upward trend in academic and music literacy among blind students and musicians."
-- Richard Taesch, Southern California Conservatory of Music, Braille Music Division.
An Arts Fun Day at our headquarters in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The National Resource Center for Blind Musicians provides information and referral
services on matters regarding Braille music, technology, and strategies that
enable visually impaired people to study music in school or for recreation. It can direct inquirers to someone in its database of musicians and teachers
in the field and can provide consultation and training in the special skills needed for advanced music study, such as for college.
The National Resource Center is a division of Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, a school of the arts serving children and adults with special needs
in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The Resource Center reaches beyond the state
to share its experience and hard-to-find information regarding blindness and
music education with students, professional musicians, parents and teachers.
How the National Resource Center Can Help
- Suggest places to look for braille Music. We do not have a Braille music library
or transcribe Braille music, but we may have suggestions for finding a piece
of music when the standard sources can't help.
- Suggest ways for Including Blind Students in Music Activities. Teachers can
talk with us about how to get students started with Braille music, teaching
strategies, or ways for students to keep up with their peers in theory or ensemble
- Advice to musicians losing vision. The Resource Center can help musicians
who read print music find ways to make enlargements or find other methods or strategies.
- On-site training for students and teachers. In some cases, our staff can
travel to conduct workshops for school staff and provide training to students
in Braille music and technology.
- Put people in touch with blind musicians and music teachers of the visually impaired in their area who often serve as mentors. From many years of answering questions and having conversations with people in the field, we have a long list of teachers and musicians who have a great deal of accumulated
experience in every imaginable area. If we don't know the answer to a particular
question, chances are we can put you in touch with someone who does.
- Services in Connecticut. The Resource Center works on a contract basis with
schools and state agencies to provide technical support for students in high
school music classes. It also can provide lessons in braille music and technology.
- Workshops and Fun Days. In collaboration with other departments at Neighborhood Studios, we provide "fun" days of arts activities for children throughout the state.
- Neighborhood Studios Regular Programs. Blind and visually impaired children and adults are welcome to the school's camps, music
school, the New Visions dance program, and a broadening array of programs for people
with special needs.
National Resource Center for Blind Musicians,
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Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Inc.
391 East Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
Phone (203) 366-3300
Web Address: http://www.blindmusicstudent.org
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