Are you a teacher, parent, or assistive technology specialist of a VI student who wants to participate in school music programs? Do you want to provide support and encouragement but just are not sure how to get started? If so, this presentation should help reduce your anxiety level and give you some concrete ideas on how to get started on the path to helping your student/child to get the skills, materials and confidence to join in the music-making.
- Identify one or more braille music courses used to impart the skills of reading and writing music notation in braille to young learners.
- Describe one or more of the mechanics of establishing a music literacy program at an established center for the blind and visually impaired.
- Describe one or more resources that could be used in setting up a braille music program.
Primary & Secondary Strand
Vision & Hearing Technologies
- Accessibility Professional
- ADA Coordinator
- AT Specialists
- Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
- Disability Services
- Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
- Family Members
Primary Life Cycle Addressed
Elementary - Secondary (K-12)
Session Delivery Format
In-person presentation with live-stream
This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Thursday, Jan 27: 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (EST)
Continuing Education Credits
For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Learning Center CEUs
This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
ACVREP; AOTA; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.
This course was approved by CRCC for CRC CEUs and was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series. The ATIA 2022 Virtual Event CRC series offering was available from January 25, 2022 through January 24, 2023.
Cindy Bello, MA, OTR/L
Lighthouse of Collier County, Occupational Therapist, Low Vision specialist
Cindy Bello is an occupational therapist who works at Lighthouse of Collier with students who are blind or visually impaired. Working her way up from a volunteer at summer camp, she became the Director of Children's Programs and now works as a Parent Advisor and music braille instructor. Cindy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Susquehanna University, a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and a Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation from University of Alabama. With a 30-year career in occupational therapy, Cindy's mission is to help children become as independent as possible in their desired pursuits, using the tools and strategies that are available to them.
Recognizing that many of her students participate in choir or band, Cindy began investigating ways to help them access music. Initially she recorded music for students as she is a clarinetist in the Bonita Springs Concert Band and more recently took up playing ukulele and djembe drum. Realizing that providing recorded music was making students more reliant on her, she discovered Dancing Dots and music braille as a way for students to access music notation independently. Whether helping a student prepare for college as a music major or teaching a middle school beginner saxophone player, Cindy is thrilled to share the joy of music with her students and help make it accessible to them.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Cindy Bello is a paid employee at Lighthouse of Collier where she is a rehabilitation instructor.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No