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Braille Music Resource List

Sources of Braille Music

Some of these sources are available only to citizens of the country hosting the government agency or library.

U.S. Library of Congress National Library Service
Music Services for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals
E-mail: nlsm@loc.gov
Phone: 800-424-8567
www.loc.gov/nls/music/index.html

CNIB (formerly known as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Music Library (Canada)
www.cnib.ca

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) National Library Service (United Kingdom)
www.rnib.org.uk

Verein zur Förderung der Blindenbildung A German nonprofit organization providing products and services to people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
www.vzfb.de

Nota, the Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities
www.nota.nu

Davidson, Christina, & Karen Gearreald, Ed. Happy Fingers: Easy Songs for Braille Music Readers. Book 1 and Book 2. CTD Creations, 2010.
Available in PDF and BRF formats as free downloads at
www.ctdcreations.com/braille/happy-fingers.html

Prima Vista Braille Music Services
Braille sheet music available for purchase as downloaded files or embossed scores
www.primavistamusic.com

Reference Materials and Instructional Manuals

Braille Authority of North America. Music Braille Code 1997. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind, 1997.
Print copies available from the American Printing House for the Blind. PDF and BRF files available for free download from www.brailleauthority.org

De Garmo, Mary Turner. Introduction to Braille Music Transcription. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, The Library of Congress, 2005.
Available in print, in braille, and as a free download in PDF and BRF formats from www.nfb.org/nfb/Music_Transcribing.asp

Krolick, Bettye. Dictionary of Braille Music Signs. Washington, D.C.: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 1979.

Krolick, Bettye. How to Read Braille Music, An Introduction. 2nd ed. San Diego, CA: Opus Technologies, 1998.
Available in print and in braille from National Braille Press, www.braille.com

NBA Music Braille Committee. Handbook for Braille Music Transcribers. 3rd ed. Rochester, NY: National Braille Association, 2010.

Taesch, Richard and McCann, William. Who's Afraid of Braille Music??? A Short Introduction and Resource Handbook for Parents and Students. Valley Forge, PA: Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology, 2003.
Available in print and braille from www.dancingdots.com and from National Braille Press, www.braille.org

Internet Resources

"About Braille Music," by Angela Purll
www.purlla.com/about/braille/music/about.html
A history of braille music and fairly detailed descriptions of many of its elements.

"Braille--My Musical Language"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=URb3AnudQUs
A beautiful and moving film about three blind musicians, who through their own personal stories emphasize the importance of braille music. Produced by Nota, the Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities, www.nota.nu.

"Measure for Measure: Achieving Equality through Braille Music"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Ti1dlrud4
An excellent overview and explanation of braille music. Produced by the National Federation of the Blind, NFB.org.

Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired (MENVI)
www.menvi.org
An information network composed of musicians, specialists, students, parents, and music educators of visually impaired students. Recommended newsletter articles on MENVI:

Gearreald, Karen. "Braille Music: Alive and Thriving in the USA, Part 1." menvi.org/newsletters/news22.html
Gearreald, Karen. "Braille Music: Alive and Thriving in the USA, Part 2." menvi.org/newsletters/news23.html
"Music Student's College Guide" menvi.org/newsletters/news24.html through menvi.org/newsletters/news28.html
"Teaching Early Piano Formats to a Blind Student" menvi.org/newsletters/news29.html
"Teaching Early Piano Formats to a Blind Student ... Continued" menvi.org/newsletters/news32.html
"Vision Teachers vs. Band and Choir Participation" menvi.org/newsletters/news16.html

The National Braille Association (NBA)
www.nationalbraille.org
NBA provides continuing education to those who prepare braille. Workshop reprints on the topic of braille music are available for purchase through the Web site. A quarterly journal includes articles of interest on the subject of braille music transcription. The "Ask An Expert" section on the NBA Web site has a specific link for braille music questions.

National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
www.blindmusicstudent.org
The Resource Center is 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.

Braille Music Computer Software

Goodfeel, a commercial music transcription program produced by Dancing Dots
www.dancingdots.com

Toccata, a braille music translator produced in Australia www.opustec.com

Duxbury Braille Translator--integrates with Goodfeel
www.duxburysystems.com

Braille2000, a braille editing tool that can be used to produce music braille.
www.braille2000.com

(Submitted by: Linn Sorge; Last updated: February 10, 2012)

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