This list is not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors, nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
Academy of Music for the Blind
AMB is dedicated to addressing the unique talents and challenges of blind youth by developing their musical, creative, cognitive, physical and social skills through education in music and the performing arts. AMB offers in-person and online lessons on a variety of musical instruments, from the piano and drums to woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone), guitar, ukelele, bass, as well as voice/choir, drama and dance, Braille music, ear training and music theory, composing and arranging, and typing/technology/coding.
BrailleM: The Braille Music List
Web site: http://brenthugh.com/braillem/
BrailleM is a place for discussing and learning about all aspects of braille music code. The list is designed to help beginners in braille music and give them a place where they can ask questions of more experienced braille music users. The list will also be useful to more experienced users, who can discuss about more difficult passages and formats. It also covers subjects related to braille music, such as where to find teaching materials, where to order braille music material, how to transcribe music into braille music code, and so on.
To subscribe to BrailleM, send a blank email message to [email protected].
BrailleM has a website with information about the list (including how to subscribe and unsubscribe) and general information about Braille Music. The site is: https://brenthugh.com/braillem/
If you have problems subscribing or unsubscribing, write the list owner, Brent Hugh ([email protected]). The list owner can subscribe or unsubscribe you manually.
Brent Hugh’s Personal and Business Web Pages
Brent Hugh’s Piano Home Page contains recordings of several hours of music free for downloading or online listening: classical piano, children’s songs, and original compositions (classical, ambient, electronic) by Brent Hugh. It also offers EarTest, a shareware ear-training program designed to improved perfect pitch AND relative pitch; Teaching Young People to Be Musical — simple but specific suggestions to parents and teachers of young people; EarTestonline — a simplified, online version of the EarTest software (free); children’s music (free sheet music and MP3 downloads); sheet music (free sheet music downloads); The Braille Music FAQ and Braille Music Email List; The Missouri Music Teachers Association Home Page; Find a Piano Teacher in Missouri; and many others.
Children’s Eye Foundation
Has a program called Vision Through Music, in collaboration with the Academy of Music for the Blind.
1754 Quarry Ln., Suite DD
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Fax: (610) 500-5072
To send an email, go to https://www.dancingdots.com/main/info.htm.
Web site: https://www.dancingdots.com/main/index.htm
Dancing Dots serves blind musicians and their educators through technology and training. The company has Lime Lighter magnifying software for low-vision musicians, the GOODFEEL braille music translator, and a variety of other products for blind and low-vision musicians.
The Midi-Mag List is aimed at assisting all users with visual impairments to use MIDI and ProAudio equipment more effectively. Members of this list share knowledge, ask questions, and discuss accessibility-related issues.
To subscribe to the mailing list, send an email message to [email protected].
Music for the Blind
Valdosta Music & Publishing
704 Habersham Rd.
Valdosta, GA 31602
Here you will find more than 980 courses and songs taught totally “by ear” in everyday language. When you learn “by ear” you not only learn the song quicker than by using music or tab, you also develop your ability to play by ear. Courses include piano, guitar, bass, banjo, saxophone, violin, flute, trumpet, drums, and many others.
Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County
Neighborhood Studios provides information and referral services for visually impaired students of all ages, their parents and teachers, learning opportunities for blind students headed to college, and maintains a network of visually impaired musicians willing to share their expertise in braille music, technology and coping strategies. Also offers summer camps for music, dance, and internships for teens. Other activities include development of programs for blind children in Connecticut and teacher training.
Web site: https://www.standardguitar.com/about
Standard Guitar, formerly known as Awesome Guitar Solo, started as an idea several years ago to help me learn scales and play them on a screen that was easy to use. A prototype was built in 2010, but shelved once complete. Almost three years later, I picked the idea back up as a project in a Human-Computer Interaction course offered on coursera.com. The site features chords, scales, and songs.
Updated May 8, 2023