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Welcome to The National Resource Center for Blind Musicians, A division of Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, a school of the arts in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The resource center 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 is one of the sources to which one can turn for help locating visually impaired musicians willing to share their expertise in braille music, technology and coping strategies. The Resource Center is best known for its Summer Institute for Blind College-bound Musicians, a residential program which was run from 1996 to 2012. We do not offer the Institute at this time. However, we stand ready to help students find alternative programs or teachers with the expertise to fill gaps in their readiness for music study at the college level. Other activities of the resource Center include development of programs for blind children in Connecticut and teacher training.
The Resource Center is funded largely through the generous support of foundations and individuals. Expansion of our outreach and online services was made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEC Foundation of America.
The purpose of this web site is primarily to acquaint students, and the teachers who help them, with the many sources of materials and the strategies that have been developed to give visually impaired people equal opportunities for learning and enrichment in music, and to provide direct links to the music-related services of other organizations that may be useful. The Resource Center has a small staff, and its ability to help comes mainly from being able to refer callers to people we have found over the years with expertise in particular areas. To answer most questions, we refer to the same services given on this site. We hope that the various pages on this site will give you at least the background information you need, and we will be happy to work with you directly on finding further solutions. If you would like to exchange ideas and music experiences with others, we recommend looking into the various listservs mentioned in our resource list.
Students enjoying recital day.
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National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Inc.
391 East Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06608
Page 1: About the National Resource Center
Page 2: The Summer Institute (not being held at this time)
Page 3: Some Facts and Sources, Braille Music and Technology.
Page 4: Resource List.
Page 5: If you are a teacher or doing research--Reference Links and Selected Articles.
Page 6: Technology and Classroom Demonstrations.
Page 7: Low Vision -- for those who need enlargement or don't use braille.
Page 8: Feedback and Survey form -- we'd like to know who you are, your music needs, and suggestions for Service.
Page 9: E-mail the Resource Center.
Page 10: The Web Site of Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County.
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