Page 4, Resource List

This list provides links and contact information for the organizations and services which have been found useful when people of any age are working on their musical development. We have divided it up into several categories, which thos using screen readers can find by searching for headings, or moving to items at the same level by using the heading level number, mostly levels 2 and 3.

In the following list, Several organizations will be mentioned more than once, due to the wide variety of services they offer. We have put an asterisk (*) before items we know have been repeated.

The sponsors of this web site have asked us to emphasize that this is not meant to be solely "self-service." If you cannot find what you are looking for, or would like to talk with someone who knows about your particular interest, please feel free to contact us-Phone 203 366-3300, info@blindmusicstudent.org We may not know the answers ourselves, but will try or best to connect you with someone who does.

Our thanks to all of those we have consulted, listserv members, and the authors of the Resources pages of the Dancing Dots and NFB braille.org web site, which provided many ideas. We welcome yours.

Braille Music and Music In Other Formats, Resources for Learning and Participation

Braille Music in the United States, and Straightforward download Sites

Music Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress

Main home page for NLS, from which you can use the online catalog:
http://www.loc.gov/nls
For the web page of the Music Section itself:
http://www.loc.gov/nls/music

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides braille and recorded books on loan through a national network of cooperating libraries. Materials are made available only to U.S. citizens within the country and citizens living abroad, who meet NLS eligibility requirements. The music section is the country's Largest source of braille, Large print and recorded scores and instructional materials. Library patrons wishing to order music must register with the Music Section at the Library of congress itself and order directly from there. Registration forms are available from cooperating network libraries, or you may call the Music section at the toll-free number for NLS, 800 424-8567. Several thousand of its music holdings are now available for download through the NLS BARD site, for patrons registrered for the service. Braille readers must have access to an embosser or braille-aware device, such as a braille display or notetaker. Those interested in signing up for BARD should contact their cooperating network library.

One of the easiest ways to locate music is to use the catalog. From the main NLS home page, search for the link, "Quick Search for the Online Catalog. you can bookmark that page for future reference.

Additional Contact Information for Library of Congress:

Music Section
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
Phone: 800 424-8567
nlsm@loc.gov

American Printing House for the Blind

Home page:
http://www.aph.org
Louis catalog: http//:www.aph.org/louis.htm
Go directly to the online store: http://shop.aph.org

APH transcribes music primarily on contract, but several scores and lesson books are available for purchase. One of the most popular is the Primer of Braille Music by Jenkins. APH also produces the music transcribing manuals and official braille bcodes for the Braille Authority of North America. APH houses a Union Catalog called Louis, listing books transcribed by agencies around the country, and this should be consulted in any search for music.

Additional Contact Information for APH:
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(800) 223-1839
(502) 895-2405
info@aph.org

CTD Creations

Braille Music for Guitar
Tina Davidson,
www.CTDcreations.com
Direct link to braille music page:
http://www.ctdcreations.com/braille/braille-intro.html
tina@ctdcreations.com

This web site of certified transcriber Tina Davidson offers resources for fellow transcribers, educators,
and blind guitarists who read braille music or who would like to learn braille music!
Topics include classical guitar music, guitar chords & strumming,
and voice & guitar arrangements, public domain music which may be freely downloaded or distributed.

Prima Vista Braille Music Services

http://www.PRimavistamusic.com

A web site in England, with a growing collection of sheet music from well known music publishers. The site has started with "American Popular Piano", Novus Via's bestselling piano method,
And will be adding scores from Boosey & Hawkes, Faber Music and other publishers, offering a broad range of styles and formats. Scores are available for purchase (using paypal) for download to a computer, or, for an additional handling charge, may be ordered embossed and mailed. Some free downloads are available.

Additional Contact Information for Prima Vista:

Elizabeth House
Queen Street
Leeds LS1 2TW
UK
Phone: +44 (0) 113 2626483
info@primavistamusic.com

Transcribers, lists and Agencies

The following lists may be helpful if you are looking for someone to transcribe music. Finding a transcriber is still mvery often a matter of "shopping", calling ones that seem likely, finding out whether they can handle the particular type of work you need done, whether they have time for an additional assignment and how much time it would take to complete, , and a price quote. Often material can be mailed or faxed to a transcriber, with the transcriber either mailing hardcopy or the file in a format, such as .brf, that can be embossed at school or at home.

*NLS Music Section, list of music transcribers<

http://www.loc.gov/nls/music

Go to the Music Section's home page link and search for Circular 4, Braille Music Transcribers, available in HTML and braille formats.

National Braille Association

http://nationalbraille.org

The NBA works directly with music transcribers, provides support and workshops, and may be able to connect you with someone.

Additional Contact Information for National Braille Association:

95 Allens Creek Road
Bldg. 1, Suite 202
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone 585-427-8260
Fax 585-427-0263

National Braille Press

Individual Braille Transcription Services List 2009
This lists agencies and individuals and what types of braille transcribing they can do. Some handle braille music.
Home page for National Braille Press:
http://www.nbp.org
Or try this direct link for downloading the Transcription List in a variety of file formats

Additional Contact Information for National Braille Press:<

88 Saint Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115-4302
Phone: (617) 266-6160
Toll-free: (888) 965-8965
Fax: (617) 437-0456

*Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology

http://www.dancingdots.com

Among its many products and services, Dancing Dots will transcribe music using its GOODFEEL Braille Music Translator.

Additional Contact Information for Dancing Dots:

1754 Quarry Lane
P.O. Box 927
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0927
Phone : 610 783-6692
Fax: 610 783-6732
info@dancingdots.com

Paper Music

http://www.papermusic.org
info@papermusic.org

Transcriber Andrew English, of New Mexico, produces materials in a variety of formats for blind and visually impaired students.

Alternate Text Production Center (California only)

http://www.atpc.net

Additional Contact Information for Alternate Text Production Center:

71-A Day Road
Ventura, California 93003
Phone: (805) 648-8927 . . Fax: (805) 648-8982
Toll Free Numbers
Voice: (800) 858-9984 . . TTY: (800) 858-9982
jmontgomery@atpc.net

From existing print or electronic documents, the ATPC creates alternate media products for use by California Community College students with print-related disabilities.

Books and Aids for Learning Braille Music

Most of the following are available on loan through the NLS Music Section. Books may be borrowed in both braille and in print, so that a teacher or parent can work along with the student. Books must be borrowed in the studenet's name, and the student must be registered with the Music section.

Primer of Braille Music by Edward W. Jenkins

American Printing House for the Blind

A concise pamphlet from which hundreds of students have learned. It has good exercises, but needs the aid of a knowledgeable teacher to explain the braille and music concepts.

How To Read Braille Music, by Bettye Krolick

Published by Opus Technologies

http://www.opustec.com
Also available from
National Braille Press
and
Dancing dots

Very good and concise explanations, written at a fifth grade vocabulary level, of how the braille music code works, as it would be used especially by students in elementary school. Must be supplemented with exercises or actual music, such as band material, since the book does not contain exercises.

Additional Contact Information for Opus Technologies
13333 Thunderhead Street
San Diego, CA 92129-2329
Toll-free Phone: (866) OPUSTEC or (866) 678-7832
Phone: (858) 538-9401
Fax: (858) 538-9401
opus@opustec.com

Who's Afraid of Braille Music, by Richard Taesch and William McCann, other braille music courses published by Dancing Dots

See
http://www.dancingdots.com/main/braillemusicinstruction.htm
"Who's Afraid", which is Also available from National Braille Press is an excellent introduction for students of all ages and parents and educators, which demystifies the braille music code and teaches basic concepts for forming good foundations. The other courses are excellent for those who want to learn and have thorough practice using braille music and music concepts over time. The teacher needs to have no knowledge of braille.

Dictionary of Braille Music Signs


Available by contacting the NLS Music Section,
phone call 800 424-8567.

This is for use by people who already know the music code. It provides definitions and instances in the many ways the signs may be used.

Braille Music Charts

From the Braillem web site:
http://brenthugh.com/braillem/brmintro.html

Charts in braille and .pdf formats compiled by Jennifer Dunnam at the National Federation of the Blind's braille.org site:
From the link below, search for "Braille Literacy Resources" and then "music."
http://www.aille.org

Tack-Tiles

http://www.tack-tiles.com
Also available from Dancing Dots
This is a set of braille music symbols on Lego® style blocks, that may be fitted onto a board. Note that this learning aid costs $695.

Distance Learning and Support

This is another area in which the prospective student will need to shop for a program customized to individual needs. Some possibilities are

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Correspondence courses for Blind Students and Sighted Teachers


http://hadley.edu Currently, two courses are available:

Braille Music Reading is an introduction to the code for students who are fluent readers of literarybraille. foundations and gives students the ability to read basic music. It is meant for adults or those of high school or college age, no younger than fourteen. Additional modules are available for reading music for voice or piano.

Braille Music Basics is a short course in large print addressed to teachers and those seeking background on how the music code works, issues involved in teaching and learning, and what's involved in becoming a transcriber. It is not a music transcribing course.

Additional Contact Information: Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone 800-323-4238
http://hadley.edu

MENVI, Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired

http://www.menvi.org

With a web site and listserv for those who sign up for free membership, MENVI does not itself offer distance learning but its members are happy to answer questions from teachers, parents and stduents and provide suggestions and support for getting the learning process started.

*Dancing Dots,

info@dancingdots.com
phone 610 783-6692
info@dancingdots.com

*The Music Suite, managed by Stephanie Pieck


themusicsuite@verizon.net
phone (518) 464-0484

National Resource Center for blind Musicians

info@blindmusicstudent.org
Phone 203 366-3300, extension229

Braille Through Remote Learning

http://brl.org
mostly useful for background information.

Course for teachers of Braille music at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

http://www.nercve.umb.edu/index.php?page=080326

Large Print

LRS: Large Print Textbooks for Visually Impaired Students, Mainstreaming & Inclusion: Large Print books for Libraries

http://largeprintschoolbooks.com

Has enlarged music in its collection and can produce music to order.

Audio Textbooks

Learning Ally

http://learningally.org

Has books on all aspects of music, including music history and theory, useful for all students, including braille readers, when braille is not available.

Additional Contact Information for Learning Alley:

20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: Student services: 800 221-4792
Main number: (609) 452-0606
custserv@learningally.org

Music As Audio Dictation

No-C-Notes

http://www.NO-c-notes.com
christina.cotruvo@no-c-notes.com or no.c.NOtes@gmail.com

Low Vision

The Low Vision page on this web siteprovides a good place to start. Check this Resource List page for sources of large print music.

The vendors below provide aids or support and transcription services useful to musicians with low vision.

*Dancing Dots

info@dancingdots.com
Phone (610) 783-6692

*Paper Music


(Music transcription in for enlargement in Lime or Finale, and setup and support for Tom Green's low vision system.)

*Opus Technologies


Transcribing Manuals and Support for Transcribers

Introduction to Braille Music Transcription, Second Edition 2005, by Mary Turner De Garmo, revised and edited by Lawrence R. Smith, Music Braille Transcriber

This is the textbook for the Library of Congress' music braille transcription course.
Print and braille editions available for download from the Music Section, hardcopies may be purchased from the American Printing House
And Opus Technologies.

Music Braille Code 1997, Braille Authority of North America

Available for download in print or braille from the Braille Authority of North America,
http://www.brailleauthority.org/music.html
Or for purchase from the American Printing House
And Opus Technologies.

New International Manual of Braille Music Notation.

Available for purchase from
Opus Technologies.

*National Braille Association

http://www.nationalbraille.org

Supports braille transcribers through a committee of experts, publications and articles about braille music, and workshops at national development conferences.

Additional Contact Information for National Braille Association:

95 Allens Creek Road
Bldg. 1, Suite 202
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone 585-427-8260
Fax 585-427-0263

Schools and Summer Programs

National Resource Center's Summer Institute for Blind College-bound Musicians, not currently offered

The Center's web site, which you most probably are on right now: href="http://www.blindmusicstudent.org">http://www.blindmusicstudent.org

We no longer hold the Institute but stand ready to help with questions relating to preparing for music study in college, or locating music in special formats. We can usually connect people with teachers or others who can share their experience.


Additional contact Information:
National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County
391 East Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
Phone 203 366-3300, extension 229
Fax 203 368-2847
info@blindmusicstudent.org

Braille Beats

braillebeats@gmail.com
Summer residential intensive program in Michigan, for children age nine through high school. It teaches Braille music, art, yoga, and independent living.

Enchanted Hills Camp Music Academy

http://lighthouse-sf.org/programs/enchanted-hills/#content

This program for musicians ages 14-24 is directed by Bill McCann and a team of teachers and musicians. The 2016 program takes place August 1-10, ten days of applying music literacy and performance skills designed for musicians who are blind or have low vision. The students will spend the first seven days at the Enchanted Hilles camp in the mountains just west of Nappa, California, and the final three at the new headquarters of the Sanfransisco Lighthouse. The first week will include opportunities to read, write, record and perform music, Learn to produce scores in braille music, magnified or standard print notation, create multi-track audio productions Sing in the EHC Summer Music Academy chorus, and sing or play solo or in a small group in performances at camp and in the community. There will be time to swim, hike, and hang out with others who are serious about their musicm too. During the final three days in San Francisco they will attend concerts and guest lecture presentations. See the link above, under the heading "Music Academy: August 1-10, 2016", for additional information, videos from previous years, and an application.

Music Production & Engineering Program, I See Music, LLC


http://iseemusic.org/mpep

Approved by the state of Illinois as a vocational training school, the program provides blind and visually impaired adults solid foundations in sound engineering, to prepare for advanced training to become music producers, engineers, and DJ’s. The curriculum of training modules is offered during over seven-week periods several times a year. training uses state-of-the=-art equipment for the Macintosh platform. I See Music has studio space and equipment for rent and works with organizations nationally to promote training for blind people in the growing field of sound editing.

Contact Byron Harden, Founder & Managing Partner
I See Music, LLC
605 Reed Street
P.O. Box 219
Beecher, IL 60401
Phone 312-810-1001
iseemusicllc@gmail.org http://iseemusic.org/mpep

The Filomen M D'Agostino Greenberg Music School The music school of Lighthouse International in New York City


http://www.lighthouse.org/education-services/the-filomen-m-dagostino-greenberg-music-school/

A music school with a full curriculum for people of all ages, teaches braille music and the use of technology.
Dedicated to helping those who are visually impaired pursue their interest in, and study of, music while overcoming the challenges posed by vision loss.
Students include children and young people enrolled in public and private schools, colleges and universities, professional musicians -- and anyone interested
in enrichment through lifelong musical learning. It serves as a resource to music educators and performers
nationwide, and reaches out to potential students in New York as the leading provider of accessible music instruction.

Additional Contact Information for the Filomen M D'Agostino Greenberg Music School

111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022-1202
Phone (212) 821-9660

Academy of Music for the Blind

http://www.ouramb.org
info@ouramb.org
The Academy of Music for the Blind, working primarily in the Los Angeles area, is dedicated to providing music education to blind students and professionals of all ages. Executive director David Pinto and faculty provide classes in all aspects of music, braille music, use of technology, dance, and other art forms, all geared to the needs of people with vision loss and those with additional disabilities. For information on David Pinto's company, YesAccessible!, including the TypeAbility program of instruction for children and CakeTalking, see
http://www.yesaccessible.com

The Music Suite

A music School and services from Stephanie Pieck
http://www.themusicsuite.net
Stephanie Pieck
1371 Kings Rd.
Schenectady NY 12303
phone: (518) 464-0484
themusicsuite@verizon.net/a>

Course for teachers of Braille music at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

http://www.nercve.umb.edu/index.php?page=080326

College Preparation, Mentoring, Financial Aid, and Funding Sources

Learning Ally's College Success Program for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

http://learningally.org/CollegeSuccess.aspx

This site has resources, tips, videos, and suggestions for preparation, based on extensive research confirmed by students making their way through higher education. The program can link a student with a mentor who can provide support and ideas on handling situations that come up while in high school through the college years.

Online Colleges.net's Guide for Blind and Visually Impaired students Studying at Online Colleges

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/college-accessibility-visually-impaired-students/

Addresses visually impaired students' most common concerns, including how to take advantage of school resources and legal rights as a student with a disability, suggested assistive technology, and has a hand-selected list of scholarships available only to blind and visually impaired students.

EASI

http://www.easi.cc

Information for professors, administrators and others on methods of assuring course materials are accessible to students with all diabilities. Webinars both free and to members only feature speakers who present on on timely access topics, suc as how to make .pdf and PowerPoint files accessible.

Afb's CareercConnect

http://www.afb.org/careerconnect

Information, resources, employment listings, guides, and mentoring for people of all ages, from the young person beginning to think about jobs or college to older adults updating their job-seeking skills for a new job.

Colleges-Universities.com


http://www.college-universities.com/

Nonprofit organization with an online index and well-written information to help users find colleges and trade schools; includes discussions of different types of degrees and on-campus and online learning programs, and sources of scholarships.

Best Colleges Comprehensive Financial Aid Database

http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/ A service of Best colleges.com,, this is the most comprehensive list we have seen of sources of funding for school. Follow the link to "Financial Aid Opportunities for Students with Disabilities," and from there fsearch for "Visual Impairment." Some of the organizations listed also fund technology. This will be most helpful for students looking for assistance paying for school and education-related expenses.

Recorded Learning Materials and Lessons

Music for the Blind, Bill Brown

http://www.musicfortheblind.com

Lesson Tapes, CD's, and downloads for purchase for Learning Guitar, piano, and Other Instruments. Many of Mr. Brown's courses are available from the NLS Music Section, http://www.loc.gov/nls/music/ and may be downloaded by registered borrowers from the NLS BARD site.

Accessible Guitar Chords and Scales

https://www.awesomeguitarsolo.com/accessible

A work in progress by its developer Ben Steinbuhler, This special outgrowth of the Awesome Guitar Solo web site provides verbal descriptions of fingering, with string and fret numbers for thousands of guitar chords and scales for every key and mode. Users may hear audio using all Java-equipped browsers except Internet Explorer.

Talking Tabs:

http://www.talkingtabs.com

Recorded Instructional Materials From NLS

Recorded Instructional materials and courses for a variety of instruments and at all levels are available from the NLS Music Section, http://www.loc.gov/nls/music/ Music Section

10 Basic Recommended Rudiments

a CD by percussionist Ike Alexander, available from http://www.dancingdots.com Dancing Dots.

International Phonetic Alphabet

http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~reng/BrlIPA.html

This IPA Braille web site, and the work behind it, was undertaken by Dr. Robert Englebretson of Rice University, in conjunction with the International Council on English Braille. There is a braille IPA code, recognized by the Braille Authority of North America. If the phonetic symbols are written in Unicode, the Dusbury Braille Translator (starting with version 11.1) can translate the Unicode into the equivalent braille symbols. The site contains links to the IPA Braille Code, JAWS scripts that allow for the unicode symbols to be spoken, and fonts and software tools that allow a student to enter IPA for submission in print. One of these tools configures a computer keyboard for entering phonetic characters. An article and links explain various ways phonetic symbols can be entered.

Internet Music Sites Students Have found Useful

Music support Organizations and Listservs

*MENVI, Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired

http://www.menvi.org

An international coalition of parents, educators and students. This is a membership organization, though its web site is available to all. Those who become members (membership is free) have access to each other through a roster, and can also get in touch with experts in a variety of different music issues for blind people. its listserv allows musicians and others to share information and their experience on such topics as getting through school, performance, and learning braille music. The web site includes articles and other useful tips.

BrailleM, the braille music email list

http://brenthugh.com/braillem

BrailleM is a place for discussing and learning about all aspects of braille music code. The list is designed to help beginners in Braille music and give
them a place where they can ask questions of more experienced braille music users. The list will also be useful to more experienced users, who can discuss about more difficult passages and formats. The list also covers any and all subjects related to braille music, such as where to find teaching materials, where to order braille music material, how to transcribe music into braille music code, and so on. Directions for subscribing to the list are provided on the home page.

Braille Music Chat

This list, moderated by Angela Purll, is inspired by the memory and work of the late Jill Smith, a skilled teacher of braille music. "Together we can promote the use of Braille music much further, and provide support for those already involved, and those who wish to be in whatever regard, sighted or not!" To join, send a blank message to:
Braille-music-chat-subscribe@yahoogroups.com With the word “subscribe” in the subject line.

Friends in Art

http://www.friendsinart.com

A national organization for Blind, Visually Impaired, and Deaf-Blind artists, musicians and writers, sculptors, painters, raconteurs,
dancers, actors, musicians, and art enthusiasts."An affiliate of the American council of the Blind.

Midimag, The MIDI Magazine Users Group

http://www.midimag.org

A listserv of blind musicians sharing their experience and supporting each other in the use and access to electronic music devices. interested
The web site, still under construction, has instructions for subscribing to the list.

National Federation of the Blind Musicians Listserv

http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/musictlk

National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division listserv

http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/perform-talk

General Blindness Organizations

Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

http://www.aerbvi.org

Resource for educators, support, publications and conferences

Additional contact Information for AER

1703 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 440
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703)671-4500

American Foundation for the Blind

http://www.afb.org

The extensive web site has many areas for exploration, including Career Connect, AccessWorld, information for families and elders, and directories of agencies and services.

American council of the Blind

http://www.acb.org

National Federation of the Blind

http://www.nfb.org
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: 410-659-9314
Fax: 410-685-5653

Blindskills

http://www.blindskills.com
Publishes Dialogue Magazine, which contains articles for people of all ages including students and those experiencing vision loss later in life. Interviews
of people in careers often feature musicians. Each issue has an excellent listing of resources and services. Blindskills compiles information packages
and can be called for information on just about any subject related to services and vision loss. Its web site lists many resources and has links to more.

Additional Contact Information for Blindskills

Blindskills, Inc.
P.O. Box 5181
Salem,OR 97304-0181
Phone (800) 860-4224
(503) 581-4224
Fax: (503) 581-0178
info@blindskills.com
Editor: dialogue4u@blindskills.com

Council of Schools for the Blind

http://www.cosb1.org

Administrators of the schools communicate with each other through this organization and web site. Contains a directory of schools.

Council of State Agencies for the Blind

http://www.ncsab.org

Music Technology and Miscellaneous

Music Notation and Sound Editing Software, Scripts for Screen Readers, and Research Projects

The following entries represent either resources that students and educators would want to check at the very start of their quest, or the less obvious ones that we often find ourselves directing people to when they call us. We caution those doing independent searches to remember that many of the most attractive offerings may not be practical or accessible without vision. Do not try to reinvent the wheel. It is often best to seek advice from those who are cognizant of the issues or have direct experience in the field, including vendors of specialized music technology. Our experience is that their suggestions will be honest, even among vendors of competing products--all have the interests of musicians and students at heart.

*Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology

http://www.dancingdots.com

GOODFEEL suite of products for translating music into braille, with components to be used by blind and sighted people in a variety of situations: Sharp-Eye, Lime, and the GOODFEEL Braille Music Translator convert print music into braille; Lime with the Lime Aloud scripts allow a blind student to enter print notation for theory and composition, for reading by teachers and colleagues. A new reading system magnifies music on a screen for low-vision readers.
Cakewalk Sonar is used by professional musicians and people of all ages to make professional quality recordings. Dancing dots is a source for all necessary aspects of a a music system, from sound cards and keyboards to embossers and braille devices. Also braille music courses and training materials as listed above.

Additional Contact Information for Dancing Dots

1754 Quarry Lane
P.O. Box 927
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0927
Phone : 610 783-6692
Fax: 610 783-6732
info@dancingdots.com

*Opus Technologies

http://www.opustec.com/index.html

Opusdots Lite, a simple translation program for single-part music, and Toccata, a full braille music translation system.

Additional Contact Information for Opus Technologies

13333 Thunderhead Street
San Diego, CA 92129-2329 USA
Toll-free Phone: (866) OPUSTEC or (866) 678-7832
Telephone: (858) 538-9401
Fax: (858) 538-9401
opus@opustec.com

Braille Music Kit

http://www.dodiesis.com

A plug-in for Finale for Windows that allows the creation of Braille music scores

QWS, Quick Windows Sequencer

free download from
http://andrelouis.com/qws/ This software allows for multi-track recording using a MIDI keyboard and/or sound card and maybe be installed easily. It has many of the features of professional sequencing software and requires no screen reader scripts. It cannot record audio. cIt can be a solution for a student or musician who wants something comparatively simple. A good support list is available from the web site.

Reaper, Multi-track MIDI Sequencer and Audio Editor, and JAWS Scripts

Demo and low-cost versions from (http://www.reaper.fm). JAWS scripts called Reaacess at http:www.reaccess.com.

Audacity Audio Recording Software

Free download from http://www.audacity.sourceforge.net/

Scripts for JAWS are available at
http://www.jaws-users.com/scripts/

Goldwave Audio Editor, and JAWS Scripts

http://goldwave.com
Scripts for JAWS are available at
http://www.jaws-users.com/scripts/

Sound Forge Scripts and Information for JAWS Users

http://www.snowmanradio.com

CAVI Audio Editing Course from CiscoVision.org

offers a course on audio editing. Information is at

CAVI's Wiki site.

Music Technology Access with Macintosh Platform

info@blimug.org.
Blind Mac Users Group, BMUG: info@blimug.org.

*Music Production & Engineering Program, I See Music, LLC


http://iseemusic.org/mpep

Contact Byron Harden, Founder & Managing Partner
I See Music, LLC
Phone 312-810-1001
iseemusicllc@gmail.org http://iseemusic.org/mpep

Scripts for Sibelius Version 5, called Sibelius Access

(Sibelius is up to at least version 7. The latest scripts for JAWS work with Sibelius 5. http://www.raisedbar.co.uk/Sibelius/SibeliusAccessV5.htm
Work is underway to make Sibelius 7 accessible with NVDA.)

The Accessible Music Notation Project

http://accessiblemusicnotation.wordpress.com

Blog and resources maintained by Marc Sabatella, covering developments in access to MuseScore and other projects and ideas for music notation tools specifically designed for the blind and visually impaired.

Braille Music Reader

http://www.music4vip.org/braille_music_reader

Project of a European partnership to work with braille music scores. It gives readers study music more efficiently by having the ability to choose which details of a score they need at a given time. The utility is free for download.

FreeDots -- MusicXML to Braille Music translation


Main site: https://delysid.org/freedots.html
Web interface, no installation required: http://musicxml2braille.appspot.com/

Mario Langs Freedots project translates print music in MusicXML into braille. The software can be used from the Web. Another project, the Braille Music Compiler is underway to make it possible to input and edit braille music and have it translated into print. A live video of its potential may be found on Youtube.

Braille Music Notator by Toby W. Rush

http://tobyrush.com/braillemusic/notator/

Professor Toby Rush of the University of Dayton developed this solution to produce braille music for blind students. Rather than translating music into braille, the process is done by entering the braille directly using a choice of keyboard templates that display the palette of music symbols for the teacher to input.

Symphony Pro 4

http://www.symphonypro.net/static/SP4/index.html

A notation editor for the iPad (not iPhone) which has given attention to being accessible using Voiceover.

Metronomes and Tuners

If you are in search of a metronome or instrument tuner, your best resource will be the listservs for blind musicians. Whether you are looking for units that fit in a pocket, computer software, or cell phone apps, changes occur rapidly, with models that were inaccessible becoming more so, or vice versa. There used to be a distinct difference between a metronome and tuner, but now the products called by either name may have features of both, possibly being better at one task than another. We will provide some tips about metronomes and tuners and then list some of the ones we have heard about recently from listserv participants. We have not tested any of these ourselves.

With pocket metronomes, access may not be an issue if you are looking for something to hear a regular two-beat rhythm and don't have to be exact about speed. If you do need to get the tempo at a consistent number every time, access may be more of a challenge. Models that have a single up/down button which one holds until the correct number comes up can be frustrating. (The metronome feature on electronic keyboards usually work this way.) Many users prefer units with a dial that has detents or clicks at two-beat intervals. A pointer can be marked to allow setting close to the desired tempo. A listserv member mentioned one model made by Wiltner, which features a switch to turn it into a chromatic tuner, adjusted by the same dial. By knowing the pitch on the tuner that corresponds to the tempo, one can find that pitch and switch back to the metronome. It is best to try out units at a music store. If portability is not a priority, many people still use the old wind-up clock-style units, or the electric ones with a pointer hand. It is fairly easy to put tactile marks at specific places.

If the rythms you work with are more complicated, you might consider software that will run on a laptop. >

Cell phone apps have different degrees of accessibility. An additional issue is that some may not produce enough volume.

Regarding tuners, I can't refrain from saying that in the good old days, we tuned our instruments to a piano, tuning fork, or pitch pipe. We can still use these options. Most of the tuners mentioned below are meant for guitars.

We start with cell phone apps, then computer software, and stand-alone devices.

Cell Phone Apps

Software

Stand-alone Units

Braille Music from Other Countries

Brazil:

Contact Zoilo Lara de Toledo at
Fundacao Dorina Nowill para Cegos
Rua Dr. Dlogo de Faria, 558 - V. Clementina
04037 Sao Paulo
Brazil

Canada

Canadian National Institute for the Blind
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto Ontario Canada
M4g 3E8
(416) 480-7520
Attn: Christina Lockerby
E-mail lockerby@lib.cnib.org
http://www.cnib.org
Extensive music library.

Denmark

Danmarks Blindebibliotek
Teglvaerksgade 37
2100 Kobenhavn 0
Denmark
dbb@dbb.dk
www.dbb.dk

England

RNIB National Library Service


PO Box 173
Peterborough
PE2 6WS
Email library@rnib.org.uk Music Librarian Meagan Chivers
meagan.chivers@rnib.org.uk
Library catalogue:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/librarycatalogue
Telephone, calling from outsie England:
+44 (0)1733 37 53 51

The library houses music published by the Royal National Institute, plus the holdings of the National Library of the Blind, which merged with the Institute in 2007. US readers may arrange interlibrary loans through the Library of Congress.

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Among its services is the sale and publication of braille music, which may be purchased by readers in other countries, or borrowed through its RNIB National Library Service. The RNIB's Music Advisory Service, based primarily at RNIB headquarters in London, provides support to any blind or partially sighted people with their music making. Besides its direct services and resource sharing, it also produces modified stave notation. The music team may be reached by e-mail at
mas@rnib.org
Contact Information for RNIB Headquarters:
105 Judd Street
London
WC1H 9NE
ENGLAND
Tel: 020 7388 1266
Fax: 020 7388 2034
RNIB Helpline 0303 123 9999
helpline@rnib.org.uk
http://www.rnib.org.uk

*Prima Vista Braille Music Services

http://www.PRimavistamusic.com

A web site in England, with a growing collection of sheet music from well known music publishers. The site has started with "American Popular Piano", Novus Via's bestselling piano method,
And will be adding scores from Boosey & Hawkes, Faber Music and other publishers, offering a broad range of styles and formats. Scores are available for purchase (using paypal) for download to a computer, or, for an additional handling charge, may be ordered embossed and mailed. Some free downloads are available.

Additional Contact Information for Prima Vista:

Elizabeth House
Queen Street
Leeds LS1 2TW
UK
Phone: +44 (0) 113 2626483
info@primavistamusic.com

Italy:


La Bibilioteca Italiana i Ciechi
Via G. Ferrari 5/A
Monza 20052
Italy
www.bibciechi.it

Switzerland:

Schweizerische Bibliothek fur Blinde und Sehbehinderte Braille Press Zurich Albisriederstrasse
400 Postfach
CH-8047 Zurich
Switzerland
musik@sbszh.ch
www.sbs-online.ch

The Netherlands:

VB, Studie- en Vakbibliotheek voor Visueel- en
Anderszins Gehandicapten
Molenpad 2,
1016 GM Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel. +31-(0)20-626-6465
fax: +31 20620 620-8459
Attn: Vera Wessels
vwessels@svb.nl
http://www.svb.nl/

One of the World's largest collections of music; maintains a database of music and music books in several European countries.

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