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Braille Music Resources

Lately there has been a resurgence in braille music, however teachers have very little opportunity for learning the code themselves.  The most commonly used resources come from Dancing Dots, located here and the Internet: www.dancingdots.com. Look for the resources page and you will find several books available for learning braille music. However the Royal National Institute for the Blind in England have created a resource for teachers to learn the music braille code. Americans will need to change the names of the note values, as we use different vocabulary. An example would be quavers in America are labeled eight notes. I have downloaded the lessons in MS Word format and braille format and performed a search and replace to allow me to use American vocabulary. If you want to do the same go here: http://tinyurl.com/2u4mekz. I had to shorten the web address, as it was extremely long. Look on the page for braille music course. Another resource comes from Vision Australia and can be found here: http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/info.aspx?page=799. The book “A Survivors Guide to Braille Music”, which comprises a teachers manual(print), a student manual(braille) is available in print and braille, and of musical recordings to use with the lessons. Once again you will find the vocabulary different, but if you notice at the beginning of the lesson the US vocabulary accompanies the vocabulary most commonly used. I hope you find the resources worthwhile and useful. Please contact me if you have further resources.

Sharon Nichols
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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