Music Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Music resources for people who are blind or have other visual impairments, as well as those who work with, or are family or friends of those who are blind or have visual impairments.

  • Accessible Chords and Scales
    Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and Ukulele Chords and scales for the blind and visually impaired. Hundreds of chords and scales for the guitar, mandolin and ukulele in an accessible, screen-reader-friendly format.
  • Accessible Guitar Scales
    Guitar Scales for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Choose the scale tone (e.g. C, A-flat, F-sharp) and the scale mode (e.g. major, pentatonic, blues) using the dropdowns on the page, then submitting your choices will return a description of how to play the scale for your screen reader.
  • BrailleM: The Braille Music List
    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 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, etc. To subscribe to BrailleM, send a blank email message to braillem-subscribe@topica.com.
  • Dancing Dots
    Dancing Dots offers technology, educational resources and training to assist blind and low vision individuals to read, write, and record their music. Their products and services foster inclusion, literacy and independence for visually impaired musicians and audio producers engaged in educational, leisure, and professional pursuits.
  • Happy Fingers: Easy Songs for Braille Music Readers
    Collected and edited by Christina Davidson and Karen Gearreald. All the music in the HAPPY FINGERS series is in the public domain.
  • I See Music
    I See Music, LLC is creating a community of music lovers where accessibility is not an issue in this very technical and sighted industry. I See Music services the artistic and technical needs of those belonging to this music community through Pro-Tools software training for the blind, Sound equipment rental for live music shows, Studio time rental for recording sessions, music studio design consulting, and providing specialized training for the blind in music studio production and engineering.
  • KSSB Online
    In 2017 the KSSB Music Department took on a goal: To provide Music Braille instruction, delivered online, for students who have a visual impairment across the state of Kansas. That goal became a reality, and now KSSB offers the ONLY course for Music Braille literacy of its kind in the United States. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and join other students in Kansas as KSSB improves braille literacy and music literacy skills.
  • LargePrintMusic
    Enables you to read music notes in any size. Software for both Windows and Mac, and enlarged music can be viewed on iPads, Android tablets, Windows, and Mac, or printed.
  • Music Braille Code 2015
    Published by The Braille Authority of North America. Free download in PDF and BRF files.
  • Music For The Blind
    Courses and lessons for over a dozen different instruments taught completely "BY EAR."
  • National Library Service of the Library of Congress
    The NLS music collection, authorized by Congress in 1962, includes braille and large-print musical scores, recorded instructional materials, and recorded materials about music and musicians. All materials are circulated postage free, and some digital audio and ebraille materials are available for download over the Internet.
  • National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
    Best known for its Summer Music Institute for Blind College-Bound Musicians, a residential program that brings together students who are studying music at the college level, it is also a referral and information service for music students of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
  • National Library Service for Blind-Music (NLS)