The blind boy who learned to see with sound

Ethan Loch and Daniel Kish at a school

Daniel Kish has taught thousands of people all over the world how to “see” by using sound. But of all the students he’s taken on, none have been quite like Ethan.

On 26 January 2015, 10-year old Ethan Loch walked through the doors of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. He was there for an audition. While his parents waited outside, he was shown through to the music room. He sat down at the piano and began to play. He knew his chances were slim.

He was competing against hundreds of other children for a coveted place in one of the top music schools in the country. But his audition was unlike anyone else’s. Because Ethan is blind.

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