ACADEMY OF MUSIC FOR THE BLIND

Monrovia, CA   |  www.ouramb.org

Mission

The Academy of Music for the Blind is a non-profit corporation (501c3), exclusively and whole-heartedly dedicated to educating and meeting the needs of talented blind and visually impaired youth by developing their unique musical, creative, academic, social and physical skills. With a mixture of both blind and sighted teachers, AMB provides inspiring mentoring & role modeling opportunities.
As the only year-round music school in the world solely dedicated to a comprehensive music education for the blind we are also a resource for other schools of music to draw upon in order to serve the needs of their blind students.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mr David Pinto

Main address

911 Norumbega Dr

Monrovia, CA 91016 USA

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EIN

20-1148737

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Music Education for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth

Comprehensive Music and Performing arts education for blind youth. Each student takes 7 classes each Saturday. Required classes are: Piano, Guitar (ukelele), Drums (percussion), Wind Instrument, Voice, Chorus, Dance, Drama, Technology, Braille Music.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Children and youth

Music and Performing Arts Education for Blind Youth, 4-18. Online education throughout the United States, and in-person education in the greater Los Angeles area

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Children and youth

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Families with Blind children

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As students grow into teenagers, their desire for independence and freedom requires special consideration. We have adopted a set of program options for teenagers that are not available to pre-teens.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has resulted in increased flexibility in scheduling classes, without losing our prime focus of providing a comprehensive music and arts education

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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ACADEMY OF MUSIC FOR THE BLIND

Board of directors
as of 02/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Layne Beamer

Pastor First Christian Church

Term: 2020 - 2023

Layne Beamer

Pastor First Christian Church

David Pinto

E.D. AMB

Maurice Meysenburg

Board President Emeriti Association of Retired Faculty and Staff at Rio Hondo College

Gary Breaux

Former CFO Southern California Metropolitan Water District

Durdana Karim

Corporate AttorneyEncore Law Group. Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School 2018.

Tracey Riddle

Riddle Catering Business Sylmar, CA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.