We are an informally organized group of musicians, educators, and software developers interested in making music notation more accessible to blind and visually impaired musicians.  Our goal is to provide information about existing tools and develop new ones as necessary that will make it as easy as possible to:

  • enable all users to create Braille scores
  • enable blind users to read scores electronically
  • enable blind musicians to create scores in standard notation
  • enable all authors to create music textbooks and other educational materials in an accessible form
  • enable all educators to create worksheets, homework assignments, tests, and so forth in an accessible form
  • enable blind or sighted students to complete worksheets et al electronically
  • enable blind or sighted educators to read and grade worksheets et al completed by blind or sighted students

A number of excellent products exist to at least partially meet some of these needs, and we wish to make sure there are well-known to all who are interested.  But where possible, we also wish to make sure there are free, open source, and cross-platform options available as well.

This project is formally got underway in August of 2013 but is based on work that has been going on for a number of years.  Stay tuned for more information.

Meanwhile, we want to emphasize that this is meant to be a collaborative effort, and we welcome your input and participation. Please feel free to leave comments, make suggestions, and ask questions.


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  1. Interested in better enabling visually challenged musicians to access scores especially jazz standards.

    1. Is that a music school that a blind student can attend to study music because I am looking for one for my child we live aboard and is trying to find a school that can prepare my son to get accept into a college to study music which is his passion.

      1. Hello! Not sure where you are looking to find a school, but I suggest you check out the MENVI mailing list (www.menvi.org) and ask questions there – the people there are very helpful and informed. If you are talking about the the United Kingdom specifically, also check out the RNIB site (www.rnib.org.uk). Good luck!

    1. Thanks, I actually joined just a couple of days after it was announced 🙂 I hope to find more time to get involved in the future, but so far, I’ve just been a “lurker”.

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