[blindkid] Braille Music question

Susan Harper sueharper at firstchurchgriswold.org
Mon Apr 6 17:58:30 UTC 2009

     I know many fine musicians who only play by ear.  They memorize the
music in their heads.  They tell folks that I am paper trained, because I
read music.  I wish I could play by ear or memorize music, as I am a
keyboard person.  It sounds like your daughter has a gift for music.  Yes it
would help her, but it doesn't seem to be holding her back.  Just continue
to encourage her love of music and she will want to improve and if she finds
that she need to read braille music, she will.   Anything new we learn can
only help us.
     As a side note, as a parent of a blind child, I am going to learn
braille music so I can at least teach my son when he is a little older.
Right now I have to finish learning contracted Braille.

Sue H.

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 11:57 AM, <vickie.pellicciotti at aglife.com> wrote:

> My daughter is going into 9th grade and has been a percussion student in
> band since 6th grade.  She is resisting learning braille music.  I think it
> is the only way she will really progress in the music world.   I don't see
> how she can keep up with the song that is being played without having
> something written in front of her even if she can/does memorize her part.
> I have no experience with music whatsoever and cannot judge.   She wants to
> progress/improve her parts in the music and I think this is the way to go
> and otherwise will find this as an obtstacle in the future to her getting
> ahead on this.
> Any comment from other parents on this?  I have also posted same question
> on the music talk deal.
> Vickie L. Pellicciotti
> Phone:  (713) 831-1076
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