Braille Music Education Resources
Dr. Toby Rush
Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Technology
University of Dayton
This site serves as a clearinghouse for resources I've created or come across pertaining to working with visually impaired students in music education.
If you know of a resource that can be included here, please let me know. Thank you!
Information about Braille Music
- Enabling Technologies: Manufacturer of braille embossers and other hardware designed for people with visual impairments.
- HIMS: Manufacturer of notetakers like the Braille Sense.
- BrailleMUSE: An online utility for translating simple MusicXML files (which can be exported from programs like Finale or Sibelius) into braille music notation. (Note: this utility is maintained by Yokohama National University in Japan, and the instructions are sometimes translated awkwardly. The utility allows for a great deal of customization, and appears complicated, but does work correctly for short musical passages.)
- Braille Music Notator: This is a system, currently in development, designed to help sighted people create more effective braille scores. Rather than translating traditional music notation into braille music, Braille Music Notator makes it simple to create a score in braille "from scratch," resulting in much more efficient and elegant scores. A knowledge of braille or braille music not required to begin using the system, but the program will assist and encourage you to learn braille music as you use it.
- Braille Translation Utility: An online utility for translating text into Grade I or Grade II braille.
- Duxbury Braille Translator: Proprietary software for translating text into braille.
- Freedom Scientific: Developer of JAWS Screen Reading Software for Windows.
- GOODFEEL: Braille Music Translator designed by Dancing Dots software.
- Lime: Music notation software which works well with screen reading software.
- VoiceOver: Screen reading utility built into Mac OS X.
This page was last updated on February 26, 2016.