Summer Music Academy for Blind and Low Vision Musicians

Camp Staff

Do you know a young blind or low vision musician?  Are you one  yourself? Find out what it means to be a blind musician at Enchanted Hills Camp’s Music Academy, August 3 – 9!

This session will be led by some of our nation’s best teachers. Singers, as well as those who play instruments, are welcome at our summer Music Academy at Enchanted Hills.

After a hugely successful debut in 2014, the LightHouse will partner for a second year with Dancing Dots, the world’s leading provider of accessible music technology for the blind, to bring our summertime Music Academy back to the redwoods. The Academy is open to young, motivated blind and low vision musicians from around the nation who are 14 to 25 years old.

Bill McCann, President and Founder of Dancing Dots, will spend the entire week with the aspiring musicians. McCann, blind himself, will lead a team of four blind instructors and technicians to teach the latest and greatest techniques for blind and low vision students. Also returning is former camper and current EHC staff member Shane Dittmar, who will bring his energy and talent to teaching what he loves most.

Each day, small groups of four or five campers will rotate through sessions with instructors in a few key areas. The groups will meet to hone their skills in reading music in Braille or magnified print, learning how to use accessible music technology to enter, revise and print or braille out their musical ideas, and getting a solid introduction to producing multi-track sound recordings independently. We’ll form a chorus to apply the skill of reading music while singing. Of course, there will also be time each day to take a swim or explore the lovely grounds of the Enchanted Hills Camp, join in informal jam sessions with fellow campers and staff and take part in after-dinner listening sessions.

Featuring Special Guests

Special guest musicians and presenters from Napa and the Bay Area will come in to share their experience and expertise. And you will have the opportunity to perform on our new Redwood Grove Theater Stage in our closing concert.

When: Monday, August 3 through Sunday, August 9

Where: Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, Napa

Cost for the week, all-inclusive: $300 (If the registration fee is a barrier, let us know; some scholarships will be available.)

To sign up, contact Taccarra Burrell at 415-694-7318 or go to the Enchanted Hills page on our website.