Are You a Blind Musician? Fine-tune Your Craft at Blind Music Academy

Do you sing or play an instrument? Train with some of our nation’s best teachers at our summer Music Academy at Enchanted Hills Camp.

Our Academy is open to young musicians all over the world!

Travis Nichols (left) and Jimmy Cong play guitar while sitting on the newly built Redwood Grove Stage

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 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.

19-year-old Chris Nakamura attended last year and here’s what he told us:

“I really had a wonderful time and enjoyed my one-week stay. I attended classes, seminars and presentations to learn how to read, write and record music as well as listen to various artists and styles and add to my music library. Each day there was time to practice, socialize with other campers and relax with other musicians. There was a talent show at the end of camp which was a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend this camp to other blind musicians.”

Chris went on to say, “This camp is great for those who are serious and have a passion for music as it introduces them to new ways to digitally write down music through computer technology, read the works of others, arrange and perform their music as well as gain the knowledge and skills to work in the music field as they grow older. Campers who go will have lots of fun and a lot to look forward to.”

Featuring Special Guests
The week will feature special guest musicians from Napa and the Bay Area and the opportunity to perform live on our new Redwood Grove Theater Stage.

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 451-694-7310 or or go to the Enchanted Hills page on our website:

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