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Academy of Music for the Blind to Hold Tenth Anniversary Fundraising Event

Monrovia, CA (March 13, 2014) -- On Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB) will hold its tenth anniversary celebration and fundraiser at Cafe Mundial, 514 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia. There will be a dinner featuring a gourmet menu, special performances by the Academy's talented students, silent and live auctions, and door raffles to raise money for the operations of the Academy.

The Academy of Music for the Blind, a non-profit organization, is a groundbreaking institute of education for gifted blind students providing educational strategies to help them keep up with their sighted peers. Students learn by using adaptive technology for their iPads, iPhones and laptops to fully function alongside their sighted peers. In the area of music, they are able to receive "ear training" on piano, guitar, woodwind, percussion and horns, among other instruments. The Academy works individually with each student to accommodate any limitations they may have to best utilize this training. AMB was founded in 2004 by David and Gayle Pinto, who have dedicated their lives to providing education to blind students.

Trevor Fessenden, the father of a student, states: "My wife and I became aware of AMB in 2006 after seeing Leslie Stahl of CBS' "60 Minutes" documenting AMB and its unique programming. At that point, we knew that we had to enroll our 5-year old son Mason. Over the past eight years, he's become quite a pianist and has learned to type, dance, sing, and creatively engage with other students."

He adds, "Many of these students are musical savants. While they may require assistance with their daily functions, when placed in a musical environment, they are able to flourish and develop new skills that help them better adapt to living in a world made for sighted people. We are grateful to AMB for helping our son progress beyond what we thought was humanly possible, given the physical limitations he was born with."

The Academy of Music for the Blind offers classes to students, ages four to eighteen years old, on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its Monrovia campus. On Saturdays, there are additional classes held at the Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Seating for the 10th anniversary celebration is limited to 100 guests but general donations are gladly accepted for AMB's educational programs. Funds raised provide scholarships for students who need these services but are unable to afford them.

For information about the Academy of Music for the Blind and the Tenth Anniversary celebration, please visit: http://ouramb.org/amb2.



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