Enlightened Audio, LLC is an innovative music education concept working to make music available to all students, no matter their geographic location or their disability. Every human should have access to the the tools and teachers to bring the experience of music education to their hearts. That is why this start up is filing to be B-Corp certified. I want to build a music education business that puts instruments in the hands of children who cannot afford instruments, establish learning stations in public libraries, and teach music programs around the world how to make room for students with disabilities. I am starting with string instruments, but the dream is to one day include all instruments.
Neurodiversity is key
I wanted a school that was neurodiverse and built on the idea that any child can learn to play music. I have spent so much time watching people dumb down the joy of music, frustrating the student. We have to step outside the traditions of music instruction, and bend the rules. Presuming competence is at the heart of everything I do. Presuming competence is at the heart of Enlightened Audio. I believe every student is capable of learning music, and so I teach, and re-teach, break rules, and turn ideas upside down until the student makes progress. It is hard work, for both the student and me, but it is wildly rewarding. Watching students grasp a concept gives me unending joy. But I can’t personally visit every student in the world. So, I thought about making my ideas more accessible to more people by using the internet to teach. I am training students all over the country, and now I have schools and teachers reaching out to me wanting to learn how to reach students with disabilities. Some of my former students even went on to become teachers. I think it is fantastic!
Every student who enrolls or buys an instrument helps another student gain access to quality music instruction. Note4Note is a program that is still growing! Ten-percent of all sales go to providing lessons for students in need. For every Stefanie model violin or viola purchased, a violin or viola will be given to a student in need. Each student who receives a free instrument will also receive a year of free instruction so they can learn to play. Currently, I am working with various schools across the US and Canada to open up their schools to students who learn differently and build disability inclusive orchestras. All of this made possible by you and your dedication to learning music! In the future, I dream of expanding the Note4Note buy-one, give-one to cellos.
About Laura Nadine
Laura Nadine – Founder and Teacher at Enlightened Audio
I was 3 years old when I was first introduced to the stage. With an older sister that danced company I was in a dance studio almost daily. I was nearly 4 when I danced my first recital, showing no reservations as I waved to the audience.
Dance was an exhilarating experience but I just couldn’t let go of what seemed like an in-born desire to play the violin. At age 10 I got my chance and started taking private lessons with my life long mentor Stefanie Graef Rollins Carr. Within 6 months of starting lessons I won my first competition. From there I continued to charge forward playing concertmaster, often featured as a soloist, and winning two state level competitions in performance and composition. At age 14 I was the youngest seated principal chair of the Rome Symphony Orchestra where my original work Largo and Allegro was performed. By age 15 I had a small roster of private students and I have continued to teach students worldwide.
As an Autism Advocate I have worked to bring music to students with disabilities. It was Dr. Shinichi Suzuki that said, “Every child can learn,” a philosophy I hold at the centre of my teaching approach. I began a music program at The Hirsch Academy, a school in Decatur, Georgia for students with special needs. Ever since then I have continued to take on students with disabilities and complex motor needs, many who take lessons online using a webcam.
I continue to feed my hunger for music by Challenging myself to learn new instruments. Over the years I have learned viola, cello, piano and guitar, and recently started learning to play drums. I can’t imagine living a life without music.