[blindkid] band competitions
bwbddl at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 8 20:18:10 UTC 2009
Mark, I agree, the kids are being cheated when not taught music Braille. We are still fighting this after 3 years. It took 2 years to convince the district that our TVI was wrong and that there is such a thing a music Braille. Winona, and the other band and chorus students here learn by ear. The director has been great about recording the music for the kids. We're blessed, too, that my son is also musically inclined and can read Winona the notes, or better yet, play them for her.
In class a student will quickly read her the notes prior to playing. Winona will either play if she picked up enough or listen the first time around. I think she'd pick up music Braille quickly if she had a teacher.
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From: Mark Feliz <felizfamily5 at msn.com>
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Congratulations to you and the kids. This is a great accomplishment. My question is how do you handle the sheet music? Over the years I have had students take guitar, marching band, jazz band, etc. I do not know how to read braille music and the sheett music being used or the course books being used are not already produced in braille. My students have been musically talented enough to survive by ear. However, sometimes I feel like they are getting cheated in not learning braille music. What do you think?
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> May I brag a bit? I knew my kids were "Superior", but now I have proof! Thursday at the Jazz competition their band received a "Superior" rating, and today at Solo and Ensemble they each received a "Superior" rating! Yay! Lots of hard work went into practicing and preparing.
> For those that don't know, Winona is 12 ("until April") and blind from ROP. Daniel is 13 and sighted. Both are in the middle school Jazz and Symphonic bands.
> More good news, I was chatting with the high school band director where the kids will go starting in 9th grade. While teaching in NY he had a blind student, so he's "been there, done that." He also is good friends with the current band director, so they'll work together for a smooth transition. Yay!
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