[blindkid] braille music notation?
k7uij at panix.com
Sat May 29 04:36:05 UTC 2010
I concur completely.
Mike Freman, member
Board of Directors
National Federation of the Bliknd
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From: "Deborah Kent Stein" <dkent5817 at att.net>
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Subject: Re: [blindkid] braille music notation?
> I am not a musician myself, but I know several serious blind musicians all
> of whom are proficient users of Braille music. I think the same argument
> we make for literary Braille can be applied to Braille music code - if
> being able to read notation is important for sighted students, it is
> important for blind students as well. A student who learns exclusively by
> listening to the performances of others never has full access to what the
> composer intended; he/she only knows how others have interpreted the
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard Holloway" <rholloway at gopbc.org>
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> Sent: Friday, May 28, 2010 12:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] braille music notation?
>> Sounds like you're already thinking of this the right way. Sighted
>> musicians sometimes "play by ear" as well, but more successful and
>> versatile musicians need to learn to read music.
>> Does that mean that your kids can't enjoy and benefit from music without
>> knowing how to read braille music? Certainly not, but just like some
>> kids who could benefit from braille (print) but do not use it are still
>> successful, both readers and musicians could probably be even more
>> successful with the use of braille text and music notation respectively.
>> In some cases, like with piano playing, braille music readers can play
>> the right hand part while reading with the left, then switch, and in any
>> case, you always have the option of reading a small passage then playing
>> what you just read. Among other things, braille music can (as you
>> suggest) ultimately let a musician-- unassisted and without a need to
>> play a recording, etc., read and play music-- that is a powerful thing
>> to be able to do.
>> Another option it can allow is to listen to music, perhaps even a
>> recoding of yourself and to compare it to the actual printed (or
>> brailled) music and then observe that you did (or did not) play (sing,
>> etc.) correctly (real time) and correct as appropriate. You can't really
>> do that just "by ear".
>> The "difficult time" thing is hard to know about as every situation is
>> different, but is sort of smacks of "I don't want to deal with teaching
>> this to anyone so why not wait till later"...
>> Good luck!
>> On May 28, 2010, at 9:27 AM, Rosina Solano wrote:
>>> 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 notation?
>>> 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 cons.
>>> Thank you in advance;
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