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National Resource Center for Blind Musicians - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County
391 East Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
(203) 366-3300 (Local)
(203) 368-2847 (Fax)
info@blindmusicstudent.org
http://www.blindmusicstudent.org/

Brief Description

The National Resource Center answers questions from parents, teachers, music students and others regarding braille music, accessible music technology, and strategies for participating in music and theory classes, especially at the college level. It runs a Summer Braille Music Institute for college-bound musicians at the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia. The Resource Center is a division of a school of the arts in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Originally named the Music Foundation for the Visually Handicapped and then Music and Arts center for Humanity (MACH), the school itself is now called Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County and serves children from Bridgeport's inner city and children and adults with special needs. The Resource Center serves blind and visually impaired children and adults mostly through referral services and a few programs. Fee-based distance learning in the U.S. can be arranged.

Geographic area served: Fairfield County, CT and national

Staff

David Goldstein, Director

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services for visually impaired students of all ages, their parents and teachers, learning opportunities for blind students headed to college, and maintains a network of visually impaired musicians willing to share their expertise in braille music, technology and coping strategies.

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • The Resource Center is best known for its Summer Institute for Blind College-bound Musicians, a residential program which brings together students from several states, who are studying music at the college level. Other activities of the resource Center include development of programs for blind children in Connecticut and teacher training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services for visually impaired students of all ages, their parents and teachers, learning opportunities for blind students headed to college, and maintains a network of visually impaired musicians willing to share their expertise in braille music, technology and coping strategies.
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