[nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjustingtohighschool(was:Re:[] new year)

Mikayla Gephart mikgephart at icloud.com
Sun Jan 5 02:03:47 UTC 2014


Hmmm! Do you have an I'phone or I'pad with a braille display?

Sent from my iPad

On Jan 4, 2014, at 8:59 PM, marissa <pianogirlforlife7 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 
> I am Mr Sanders' first blind student.  I feel bad for him sometimes, because he is so new to this.  The
> really cool thing is this: he never smiles (according to friends), never laughs or anything, just has a straight face all the time.  Whenever I give him something, (like a braille picture), or tell him something, he'll laugh or smile.  My friends think it's a miracle and I can't help, but laugh too.
> 
> We are having a new thing at our school, starting Monday, bring your own device.  I have my braille note Apex, which would be able to read the music, if only the display worked.  The thing is, if Sanders sent it to me, which I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I explained the machine to him, I would be able to read it off of the display, just like everyone else reading their phones, tablets, etc.  But because of the display, this does not seem very effective.
> I have tried recording the band to see if I can learn by ear, didn't help, although I did get some sweet recordings.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Kaiti Shelton <crazy4clarinet104 at gmail.com
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Date sent: Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:24:31 -0500
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjustingtohighschool(was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> Hi Marissa,
> 
> Here is a suggestion I have posted to a couple of other lists on this
> topic.  I had similar issues in high school; my band was really large
> like your's, and the director chose to not devote the time to
> providing me an equal music education to my sighted peers.  This is
> exactly what your director is doing, and if it did not work in the IEP
> meeting the best thing you can do is take him as far out of the
> braille music situation as possible.  This means that you will simply
> ask him to give you the print copies of your music as far in advance
> as possible and then send them to a transcriber from NLS yourself.
> Giving you the music is all he will have to do, he won't have to edit
> things, work with Goodfeel, or do anything beyond have an open line of
> communication with you and have an idea of which pieces the band will
> be playing for their next concert.
> 
> It is sad that this seems like the solution to your problem, and what
> your director is doing really isn't fair, but sometimes when we can't
> get our instructors to do their part we need to take matters into our
> own hands.
> 
> The NLS site has a list online which shows all their certified braille
> music transcribers along with email addresses for each person.  You
> can email one in your state about getting your band music brailled.  I
> would have never gotten a single piece of braille music in high school
> had I waited for my band director to tow the line.
> 
> I will find the link to the list of transcribers and post it to this
> thread.  I hope it will be of help.  Also, I have talked to other
> student's instructors about accomodations in music before, so if you
> would like someone who has gone through high school music classes and
> is now majoring in music in college to speak to someone I would be
> glad to.  I have found that most often when a director says, "I don't
> have time," they know that isn't an acceptable excuse, but they're
> scared of the commitment that they think will be required of them to
> produce braille music.  Really, it isn't that big of a commitment at
> all, especially if you out source the transcription.
> 
> On 1/4/14, Koby Cox <kobycox at gmail.com> wrote:
> Would you be interested In exchangeing phone numbers and or contact
> details?
> Right back soon,
> Koby.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Mikayla
> Gephart
> Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2014 6:59 PM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjustingto
> highschool(was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> Yes, but I primarily use it for calls and texts.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 7:56 PM, Koby Cox <kobycox at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> That's cool.  I see that you have a iPad do you also have a iPhone?
> Right back soon,
> Koby.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Mikayla
> Gephart
> Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2014 6:52 PM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjustingto
> highschool(was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> some vision, but not enough to rely on large print.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 7:50 PM, Koby Cox <kobycox at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Are you totally blind or do you have some vision?
> Right back soon,
> Koby.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Mikayla
> Gephart
> Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2014 6:11 PM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjustingto
> highschool(was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> No, I am in Choir and Student Council.  My favorite hobby is swimming.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 7:09 PM, Koby Cox <kobycox at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Are you In band? Also, what do you like to do for fun?
> Right back soon,
> Koby
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 6:00 PM, Mikayla Gephart <mikgephart at icloud.com
> wrote:
> 
> Thirteen.  Please excuse the M in my previous message, I was typing
> a
> little to fast.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 6:57 PM, Koby Cox <kobycox at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> How old are you?
> Right back soon,
> Koby
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 5:32 PM, Mikayla Gephart
> <mikgephart at icloud.com
> wrote:
> 
> Moo, but she has been with me for six years, read the chart, and
> figured it out.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 6:28 PM, marissa
> <pianogirlforlife7 at gmail.com
> wrote:
> 
> 
> Does she know braille music?
> If so, you are very lucky.  As I said before, no one knows it
> it,
> which means that I'm sitting in my band class doing nothing, but
> listening, which isn't very helpful when the teacher isn't there.
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mikayla Gephart <mikgephart at icloud.com
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Date sent: Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:51:14 -0500
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjustingto
> highschool(was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> My aide brailles my choir music, but just this year, she wanted
> me
> to learn it.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 5:39 PM, Ashley Bramlett
> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net> wrote:
> 
> Hi Marissa,
> All states are different; if nls needs someone over 18 in your
> state to do it, then just keep politely reminding your aunt or
> whomever
> needs to call.
> Some libraries have an email address to send your request to.  I
> think that question is best answered by a librarian in your
> cooperating
> library.
> We are fortunate here to have our talking book program part of
> the
> library branch system of the county; they are county employees.
> They also do outreach to other disabled people, not just blind
> people.
> I was able to order my own books as a high school student.  But
> perhaps your area is different.
> 
> I would also recommend trying the distance education program,
> hadley school for the blind, to learn braille music.
> 
> I've heard braille music is quite different than regular
> braille;
> I never learned it, but was not in band.  I did do choir a few years.
> but it was easy to catch on the music and rhythym by listening.  in
> fact, learning braille music never crossed my mind; I simply went to
> class and sang like everyone else; sometimes they brailled the lyrics
> for me though.
> 
> That's too bad no one in your area is available to teach you
> braille music, if you want to learn it.  There are camps for blind
> musicians, and perhaps this may be an option to learn the code and
> meet
> other blind musicians.
> 
> Ashley
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: marissa
> Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2014 1:17 PM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjusting to
> highschool(was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> 
> You can request it online?
> How?
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Lillie Pennington <lilliepennington at fuse.net
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Date sent: Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:26:07 -0500
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjusting to high
> school(was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> You should be able to call yourself or be able to request it
> online.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 10:49 AM, marissa
> <pianogirlforlife7 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 
> I'm working on it, the basics with a chart that someone gave me.
> No one has time to teach me, so I have to teach myself.  They
> would teach me if they could, but noone knows braille music.
> I'm
> trying to get the book from NLS, but my aunt keeps forgeting to
> call, so that one's out.
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mikayla Gephart <mikgephart at icloud.com
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Date sent: Sat, 04 Jan 2014 10:40:28 -0500
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjusting to high
> school (was:Re:[] new year)
> 
> Do you know Braille Music?
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jan 4, 2014, at 12:28 AM, marissa
> <pianogirlforlife7 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 
> They do not know braille music.  I have asked repeatedly.  I
> brought it up at my i.EddP a few weeks ago.  Didn't help.  I
> told
> my casecarrier about Dancing Dots  and she told me to tell Mr
> Sanders, my band director.  I emailed him, because he never has
> time during class for much because it is a band of 90 students.
> Hasn't replied.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Nusbaum" <dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
> To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'"
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Date sent: Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:13:06 -0500
> Subject: [nabs-l] Music for Band was RE: adjusting to high
> school (was: Re:[] new year)
> 
> Marissa,
> 
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