Music Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Music resources for people who are blind or have visual impairments, including music technology tools for the blind, learning music with or without braille, solutions for low vision music students, and more.
- APH File Repository Sheet Music
Free, NLS braille-ready files available to download through the APH File Repository.
- 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.
- Amber Sound Touch
a set of free online resources for teaching music to children who are blind or visually impaired, including infants and toddlers, as well as those with multiple disabilities. The site has four sections covering different aspects of teaching music: Children in the early years, Instrumental and vocal instruction, Children with visual impairments and complex needs, and Children with visual impairments and neurodegenerative diseases. Each section includes children's stories and teaching strategies.
- BARD - Braille and Audio Reading Download
From the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), BARD is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. BARD is password-protected, and all files are in an electronic downloadable form of compressed audio or formatted braille. BARD is operated as a partnership between NLS and its network of cooperating libraries in the United States and its territories. NLS maintains the website, uploads titles, and supplies libraries with circulation statistics. Network libraries approve reader applications, respond to reader inquiries, and provide technical support.
- Braille Music Reader
A Braille visualiser of BMML music files, supplied with a series of functions to read and to listen to the text and multimedia interactive music notebook.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ChordAssist is a smart guitar specially designed for blind, deaf, and mute guitarists. It’s hooked up to Google Assistant so the guitarist can use voice commands to control the functions.
- 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.
- Dictionary of Braille Music Signs
Published in 1979 by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, it can be viewed or listed to online, or downloaded in a number of formats, including full text, Kindle, EPUB, and PDF.
- Feel The Beat
A curriculum with lessons that teach Music Braille Code, and focus on reading, playing, and memorizing measures through the use of a soprano recorder.
An application for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone that allows the user to store and catalog scanned PDF versions of all of their music. Includes a special mode called ReFlow which converts multi-line music into single line, side scrolling notes that can also be controlled with a foot pedal or by touching the sides of the screen.
- GOODFEEL® Braille Music Translator
Allows sighted musicians to convert print scores to braille music quickly, automatically, and accurately®. Visually impaired and blind musicians can review the braille score with optional verbal and musical cues and independently create print scores of their musical ideas.
- 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.
- Intro to the Guitar for the Visually Impaired
This 4-CD bundle is a complete introductory course to the guitar. In other words, all of the lessons are taught verbally so that students can concentrate 100% on learning without any written or braille materials.
- 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.
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.
- Let's Play!
Let’s Play! combines both audio and braille lessons for guitarists so they can learn the instrument using their preferred medium. The PDF version of their course is free of charge.
- The Lime Lighter
Lime Lighter is a music reading device for low vision musicians. The music notation can be displayed from 1.25 to 10 times bigger than the original sheet music on a 20" digital touch screen. Musicians simply press the right side of the foot pedal and the music will advance across the screen to the next measure. Press the left pedal to go back one measure. Press the center foot pedal to move to the beginning of the piece.
- Little Amber
An innovative music service that aims to enable blind or partially sighted babies and young children to engage with music by providing families and professionals with resources and ideas for music-making.
MagneMusic is a unique magnetic resource designed to assist students who are Blind, to understand what print music looks like. The resource is a white, aluminium, flat rectangle tin 34cm X 21cm X 3cm depth, hinged down one long side and opening somewhat like a cake tin. Holding the tin vertically, you will find a grand stave marked on the front with fine black vinyl tape. The vinyl allows the lines to be clearly felt. Holding the tin horizontally and opening the lid, you will find a long single stave inside the lid, also marked with fine vinyl tape. Inside the tin you will find black magnetic print music symbols which can be placed on either stave. The symbols are magnetic on one side only, which helps with placing stems correctly.
- 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)
- Piano by Ear!
Piano lessons in an audio-book format. Piano by Ear! has been teaching people to play songs on the piano completely by ear for over 30 years.