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Miami Lighthouse Music Program

Music Summer Camp for 6th – 12th graders: June 17th - July 26, 2024
Contact 786-362-7535 for more information.

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.

Better Chance Music Program Youth Summer Music Camp for grades 6-12

Founded in 2007, our inclusive Better Chance Music Program fosters careers in performance, song writing and sound engineering along with enhanced self-efficacy and positive peer relations for all levels of ability. 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 any 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 Carol Brady-Simmons Chief Program Officer at or call her at 786-362-7480.

Music Program Testimonials

Music Program percussionist Adriel

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

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

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 (left) with Lighthouse Band member, percussionist Joel

Instructor Carlos Camacho (left) 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, Parent

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli, world renown Italian opera tenor, visited Miami Lighthouse’s Music Program in 2019 pictured with CEO Virginia Jacko and Music Program Student Silvio Plata.

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas, nationally recognized American conductor, pianist and composer, visited Miami Lighthouse in 2019 pictured with CEO Virginia Jacko.

Nicole Henry

Nicole Henry, one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists, performs at Miami Lighthouse’s 2015 Music Under the Stars.

Music Under the Stars 2016

"Mr. Casual" Charlie DeChant, one of the top saxophone players in pop music history, part of the Hall & Oates Band, performs at Miami Lighthouse’s 2016 Music Under the Stars.

Dean Shelton Berg

Shelton (Shelly) Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, visited Miami Lighthouse and played piano alongside our music students.

Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano, Puerto Rican musician, singer, and composer visits Miami Lighthouse as a volunteer and mentor to our Music Program students.

Willy Chirino and Family

Willy Chirino, universal Cuban-American musician, performs with his talented daughters, The Chirino Sisters, at Miami Lighthouse’s 2020 See the Light Luncheon.

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

A Better Chance Album

A Better Chance
When Can I See You
Caribbean Fugue
Yo No He Podido
Teach Me To Love
Through The Eyes Of The Blind
I Still Love You
Suave Samba
Rock Botton
Estas Aqui
Yo Me Enamore
Quiere Me Mucho

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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


AER accredited

Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse received the coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2023 Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence NOVO Award with an organizational budget of $2 million and above.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 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.

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.


Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)


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.

The Beacon Council

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

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.

Health Foundation of South Florida

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

Miami Today

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.


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.

PR Week

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".


ABLE United

Miami Lighthouse is proud to be a strategic partner with ABLE United, Florida's disability savings program, to learn more visit


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