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Music Education Network for The Visually Impaired (MENVI) is an information network composed of musicians, specialists, students, parents, and music educators of visually impaired students. The MENVI Advisory Committee is made up entirely of blind musicians and teachers. MENVI exists for, and is guided by blind musicians.
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The needs of blind students of music are unique. Parents need to be informed of what is available for their children in the area of music education, and educators must have access to specialized materials and how to use them. Not all teachers of music are knowledgeable of the braille music code. They should, however, encourage braille music literacy at the earliest levels. MENVI provides a network of information as well as a resource guide to braille music and the teaching of blind children and adults.
Membership in MENVI provides you with a link to a regular journal of what's going on in music education. Registered members are provided with a complete Membership Roster listing all contact information. The News Journal includes experiences shared by blind musicians, parents, students, and their teachers.
There is no cost to join our group, only a sincere interest and belief that music is not merely a luxury or a "frill" in education, but a powerful and necessary tool for growth.
Yes! You will be asked to give your support by overseeing your child's progress and maintaining a working contact with teachers. We ask you to report progress and problems by contributing short but informative articles to our News Journal. This allows us to "network" and share valuable information with others in our mailings.
MENVI news journals provide a permanent archive of experiences and progress as the ever increasing demand for braille music skills moves forward. Past issues are always available upon request, and will remain an accumulative published resource and reference. Problem sharing and solving is an essential function of MENVI. All News Journals are published on our Website. Just click on the newsletters link anywhere you see it on the site.
Currently, the cost for MENVI services is sponsored by Dancing Dots, L.P. Supporting Members are listed as such in our yearly roster. Subscriber membership is free, and is all that is required.
As Music Specialist for California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired, CTEBVI, Richard Taesch is able to call upon the expertise of the Music Committee for questions and answers to problems. Other resources available for consultation and expertise include National Braille Association Music Committee, The Library of Congress Braille Development Section, the MENVI Specialists Committee, and many information sources available on the World Wide Web.
Music transcribers can be located and, in many instances, braille music files can be sent to readers on-line via e-mail. We encourage inquiries from parents and educators alike. Communication by phone or e-mail is encouraged.
MENVI Specialists are appointed professionals and experts in their fields. They are available to share information and guidance in their areas of expertise, and may be contacted by members and non-members for help at any time.
This is a list of Specialists belonging to the MENVI network. To E-mail them, click on the appropriate link. If you have questions, please and tell him who you are trying to contact and what address you are using. Please be specific as this will aid in responding quicker. If you call and get voice mail, please leave your name, number, who you are trying to contact, and the problem you are having. You will get a call back within 24-48 hours in most cases.
This completes the MENVI specialists Committee.
A special link to CTEBVI website and Journal archive is provided here for interested individuals, and for MENVI members. Members and others may access MENVI news via "Music in Education" – a periodic column contributed by MENVI founder and CTE Music Specialist, Richard Taesch. The link is www.ctebvi.org/journal.html
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You may call the Webmaster at 818-921-4976. You may also text the webmaster or voice on Whats App by using 804-442-6975. Please leave a message if there is no response. Include your name, phone number, and the nature of the problem. We will only contact you if we need aditional information. Enjoy the Site!
MENVI takes your privacy of your personal information very seriously. Since 2003, we've never sold, rented, disclosed, distributed or given any member information to anyone that is a non-member of this network. Contact information we have is not for sale! MENVI advisors info is for the public, and our web site has email links, and we can freely give out other information about them. Questions? Please contact us!