Better Chance Music Program
For information about hiring our musicians to perform at events click here.
Letter from a grateful musician.
“Mainstream Employment in Music Production for Individuals Who Are
Visually Impaired: Development of a Model Training Program,” by Virginia
Jacko, Harold Cobo, Antonio Cobo, Rachelle Fleming, and J. Elton Moore, in
the Practice Perspectives section of the Journal of Visual Impairment and
Blindness, September 2010.
First Of Its
Kind Bilingual Audio Book Produced By Miami Lighthouse Was A Finalist For
A Latin Grammy® Award
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is the only agency in the
nation that provides all-inclusive music, MIDI, audio instruction and
youth development programs for the blind and visually impaired. Also,
Miami Lighthouse provides the only comprehensive
Braille music distance learning curriculum accessible to any musician
Today, with the advent of digital recording, Pro Tools has
become a popular professional multi-track music production program. In the
past, Pro Tools was not available to those with sight deficiencies. Our
copyrighted curriculum is a step-by-step guide for Pro Tools using
Voice-Over commands. Advanced Technology Access with Voice-Over on Mac™
A Pro Tools Curriculum for the Visually Impaired is available to
students in our Better Chance Music Program by
clicking here and
entering the password provided by the instructor.
The Better Chance Music Production Program provides
innovative year-round music education targeting sighted and visually
impaired young adults, utilizing music appreciation, instruction and
exploration as the tools to foster work readiness skills, and enhance
self-efficacy and positive peer relations. It paves the way for our
students to enter mainstream careers in the music field and provides the
opportunity for blind musicians to learn how to work and perform in a
sighted world. Braille Music is taught through a copyrighted distance
learning curriculum. In 2015, 212 clients were served with 8,208 hours of
The Henry & Inez
Stone Music & Sound Studio offers program participants an opportunity to learn the latest
skilled music professionals, in a state-of-the-art setting.
technology used by program participants is MIDI (Multiple Instrument
Digital Interface), which enables electronic instruments such as a musical
synthesizer, acoustic guitar, sampler, sequencer and drum machine from any
manufacturer to communicate with one another and with a common computer.
valuable instruction is critical in today’s music industry, fostering
creativity as students manipulate music to produce viable compositions.
industry relevant technologies of the program include:
which converts a standard PC into a multi-track recording
studio. This software is specifically used by the blind to interface with
Windows, a talking software that enables blind users to improve their
productivity level by streamlining keyboard functions, automating
commands, and eliminating repetition.
Pro Tools is an
integration of hardware/software widely used by professionals
throughout the audio industries for recording and editing in music
production, mastering audio tracks; film scoring, television and post
In addition to Cakewalk (Sonar) and Pro Tools, the program allsp utilizes
Logic Audio, Propeller Head Reason, Sibelius, Roland, and M-Audio
products. Instruction is offered on Apple and PC computers.
Our Better Chance Music Production Program and our
instructors have received national and international recognition. It was
awarded a grant by the Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit
organization founded by the fans of the poplar band Phish supporting music
education for children. Ten grantees were selected from among 1,303
initial applicants from throughout the United States. In addition to the
Mockingbird Foundation, 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 Better Chance Music Program and Braille
Our Miami Lighthouse acclaimed Music Program gives students the skills and experience they need to succeed at post-secondary education. Natalia Sulca, a Music Program alumnae, graduated with honors from the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She was a part of Miami Lighthouse for many years receiving vocational rehabilitation, including instruction in songwriting, music performance and production. Natalia is a talented singer and songwriter, and her compositions and performances have been featured on Miami Lighthouse CDs. In 2013 Natalia performed the opening song for Alexandro Sanz, winner of the Latin Grammy for Best Vocal Contemporary Album, at the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony. Her story shows what a blind child who participates in Miami Lighthouse programs can achieve.
Music Program Testimonials
"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 percussionist Adriel
"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." - Music Program trombonist Christopher
"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." - Lighthouse Band member, percussionist and pianist Rick
"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." - Lighthouse Band member, percussionist Joel
Click here to view a letter from an
instructor at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School.
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 vocals and instrumentals on the CDs are
original—written, performed and recorded by the students.
To order any of our CDs call the Miami Lighthouse Vision
Solutions Center at 305.856.9100.
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
Miami Lighthouse Music Instructors and Staff
John Nichols – Music Program Manager
Carlos Camacho – Brass, Wind, and Bass
Oman Pedreira – Strings
Julio Fumero – Piano and Keyboard
Gerardo Ubieda – Percussion
Jeff Zavak – Woodwinds and Brass
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired –
Better Chance Music Production Program™ is funded in part by the
Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of
revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of
children and families in Miami-Dade County.