The National Federation of Blind has many members and friends who pursue careers and hobbies related to music. Please watch our video about the importance of Braille music literacy.
The ability to read and write music, therefore, is the cornerstone for anyone who is planning to make a serious commitment to the art. A blind student needs to have that ability just as much as his sighted peers. — David Goldstein, Director, National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
Braille Music and Technology
Braille Music Kit
A plug-in for Windows that allows the creation of Braille music scores.
Dancing Dots Music
Scan scores, listen to results, or convert to Braille music. Convert to print notation, Braille score, or audio.
Software and Braille music resources.
Provides Braille transcription from MIDI and NIF files. It incorporates a notation editor and sequencer, and displays the translated Braille indexed to the original score.
Education and Listservs
NFB Blind Musicians Group
NFB Performing Arts Division
Summer residential intensive program for children age nine through high school. It teaches Braille music, art, yoga, and independent living. Participants attend classes in voice, keyboard, and instruments, and integrate Braille music into practical performance situations.
Email: [email protected]
Braille Music Symbols
Course for Teachers of Braille Music at UMASS Boston
Illustrious jazz musician who reads Braille music and promotes Braille literacy.
Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired
Listserv and Braille music resources especially for students, educators, and parents.
National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
Articles, lists of resources, and information about summer training in Braille music and technology for blind music students.
Southern California Conservatory of Music
Provides private instruction to blind and sighted students at preparatory, conservatory, and adult levels. Its Braille Music Division teaches Braille music and prepares musicians to compete at the highest levels, and it "houses one of the most comprehensive music reference libraries in Braille."
Braille Music Scores
National Braille Association
National Library Service of the Library of Congress
Alternate Text Production Center
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Canada)
Danmarks Blindebibliotek (Denmark)
La Bibilioteca Italiana i Ciechi (Italy)
Via G. Ferrari 5/A
American Printing House Louis Database
Royal National Institute of Blind People (United Kingdom)
Schweizerische Bibliothek fur Blinde und Sehbehinderte Braille Press Zurich Albisriederstrasse (Switzerland)
SVB Studie-en vakbibliotheek voor visueel en andrszins gehandicapten (Netherlands)
Molenpad 2 1016 Gm
Verein zur F'rderung der Blindenbildung (Germany)
26, Blekstrasse, Hannover
- "Resources for Helping Blind Music Students," Mary A. Smaligo, Future Reflections, Spring 1999
- "LEARNING AND TEACHING BRAILLE MUSIC: Resources, Explanations, and Pointers for Student and Teacher," David Goldstein, National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
- "Music Education: Not Just a Frill," Dr. Ralph Bartley and Karen McDonald, Future Reflections, Convention Report 1997
- "Music in Education," Richard Taesch, California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped, Inc., Journal, Spring 2008
- "The Literacy Movement - What Does Braille Music Have to Do with It?," Richard Taesch, National Resource Center for Blind Musicians