Miami Lighthouse Music Braille Online Course
Welcome to Music Braille
Click here to read our article "A New Synthesis of Sound and Tactile
Music Code Instruction: Implementation Issues of a Pilot Online Braille
Music Curriculum," which has been accepted for publication in the
Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
A series of Braille music lessons from the nationally acclaimed
Better Chance Music Production Program™ is available in a distance
learning format for blind and visually impaired students around the
U.S. The course enables the Level 2 Braille reader to have information
on sheet music equivalent to a sighted musician.
Miami Lighthouse has added a new component to its Braille Literacy
and Technology Program that will bring music instruction to blind
students across the nation. Employment in the mainstream music
industry is within reach of blind and severely visually impaired
people who are educated in the skills and computer hardware and
software that are standard in the music industry and proficient in
Literary Braille Grade 2.
In 2013, Miami Lighthouse launched its unique Distance Learning
Braille Music curriculum which is based on expanded course content
from its nationally acclaimed Better Chance Music Production Program™
and Braille and Technology Literacy Program. The curriculum is
specifically designed for blind and visually impaired of all ages with
advanced Braille skills interested in pursuing a career in music. The
curriculum was developed by collaboration with the Distance Learning
Department of The Carroll Center for the Blind.
Comprehensive Braille Music training is not available anywhere else
in the U.S. Braille Music is the only way for a blind musician to read
music scores directly. 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 Grade 2 Braille reader can 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
Miami Lighthouse is currently enrolling new students in the Braille
and Technology Literacy program.
- Proficiency in Literary Braille Grade 2
- Access to a musical instrument the student knows how to play or the
vocal ability to practice the
- 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
- Equipment with digital recording capabilities such as a digital
recorder, an iPhone, or a Smartphone,
The purpose of this course is to enable the Grade 2 Braille reader
to become acquainted with the basic
concepts of musical notation. Upon completion of the course, the
student will be able to read,
understand and successfully play or sing a braille music score.
Each lesson will contain an objective, an activity and a home learning
assignment section for the student
to complete. At key points during the course, an assessment or test of
the student’s knowledge may be
administered. A vocabulary of terminology pertinent to each lesson is
also included. All vocabulary
terms are included in the Glossary index.
For more information, contact Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia Jacko
at (305) 856-4176.
To contact the instructor, Jin Ho Choi, call (786) 362-7458.
How to submit the enrollment form:
If you would like to enroll in our Braille Music Distance Learning
Curriculum please down load the form (Limited
License Agreement) and sign it. The signed form can be scanned and
submitted via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to Mr. Choi’s attention at
(305) 854-1759 or mailed to Mr. Jin Choi at Miami Lighthouse for the
Blind and Visually Impaired, 601 SW 8th Avenue, Miami, FL 33130.
The enrolled student will sign in to his or her account by clicking
on the following link:
I want to thank Mr. Choi for this excellent online Braille Music
course! This is a fantastic course; and if you are an individual who
is seeking to develop or improve your musical talent this is the
perfect opportunity to learn how to read Braille music notations and
eventually able to read an entire music score with all of the symbols
and expression marks.
Now that I’ve completed the course I am very happy with my results,
and I am confident that my time spent in this course was and is a wise
investment. The lessons were thoughtfully planned and easy to follow.
It was a pleasure completing the assignments because they helped me to
fully understand the content and enabled me to gain some valuable
transferable skills that will be beneficial to me in the future.
Thanks a million to Mr. Choi for his vision and his passion. I
personally witnessed a teacher who is very excited about teaching
Braille music. He is very willing to answer any question, play or sing
a note or measure, and he will even write a score to illustrate the
I will recommend this course to anyone, “You will never regret it.” My
proof is this: I am now able to use my Braille music hymn book more
effectively whereas prior to this course I would skip a hymn because I
did not recognize the symbol. Thank goodness! This course has made a