[blindkid] braille music notation?

Robert Jaquiss rjaquiss at earthlink.net
Fri May 28 14:16:25 UTC 2010

Hello Rosina:

     I think it is important for a musician to know how to read music. If 
that musician is blind, then he/she needs to know how to read braille music. 
I suggest talking to the people at Dancing Dots. http://www.dancingdots.com 
for more specific information. Personally, I haven't read much braille music 
for years. This is due to its not being readily available. The church choir 
that I sing with doesn't do very complicated literature.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rosina Solano" <colemangirly at yahoo.com>
To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2010 8:27 AM
Subject: [blindkid] braille music notation?

Okay, I have a couple questions for both the kids and the parents:

My sons love music, my ycounger one can read larger size, but my older one 
is strictly a braille reader. What do you all think of braille music 

I have read anywhere from, "you can't read braille music and play at the 
same time, so why bother" to "just learn to play by ear".

Or that "he is at a difficult time and just needs to concentrate on doing 
his math and regular braille better right now"

Ok, that all said and done, how many of you learned braille music and do you 
really use it?

My big thing is that if he really loves it, then I hate for him to have to 
wait for me or someone else to "read" to him the music or to have to find a 
copy of it somewhere for him to listen to. Shouldn't all good musicians be 
able to "read" the music in the way it was written?

Okay, so maybe he can't read and play at the same time, but he CAN memorize, 
after all he memorizes all his songs now and he does great with it.

I just want him to reach his potential and he really LOVES music. He is 12.5 
years old and plays piano and drums. He loves band in school and wants to 
take his piano even further.

So if you are for or against braille music, please chime in and tell me 
about it. And if you are for it, do you know of a good system to teach him 
this at home. keep in mind I know NO music myself and don't know the pros or 

Thank you in advance;

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