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Web Helps Aspiring Music Teacher Share Knowledge & Passion, Despite Blindness

By November 5, 2012

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Alex Krauth on YouTube

Alex Krauth is a senior at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She's a Music major who hopes to teach elementary schoolchildren.

After attending her recital last week, I asked Alex, who is blind, if she'd like to share her thoughts on some of the tools and technologies that have enabled her to learn, share, and teach music.

Like many singers and musicians who are blind, Alex has perfect pitch. She uses Dancing Dots applications to convert sheet music into braille.

But what impresses me about Alex is how she leverages mainstream (and highly visual) technologies, especially YouTube, to hone her teaching skills and build community.

She shoots her own videos. She opens her laptop, aims the camera, and records. Sometimes, you get the living room wall; sometimes, if she's sitting on the floor, you might see her right hand strumming her ukulele.

Friends say they can't see her, and she laughs.

That's because her videos perfectly frame what she wants to convey: her voice, her expertise, and her passion for music and people.

While some assistive technologies go mainstream, e.g. Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Alex finds the accessibility she needs in products not designed for persons with disabilities.

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