There are a number of tools that already exist and can be used today.  Here is some information that may be of use:

  • MENVI – Music Educators Network for the Visually Impaired
  • National Resource Center for Blind Musicians – US-based organization known for its Summer Institute for blind college-bound musicians
  • GOODFEEL – Braille music translator
  • Lime Aloud – accessible notation program
  • Sibelius Access – scripts and plugins to make Sibelius notation software more accessible
  • ABC – text-based music notation system and associated tools, good compromise between simplicity and sophistication
  • Mup – another text-based music notation system with associated tools
  • Philip’s Music Writer (PMW) – another text-based music notation system with associated tools
  • LilyPond – very sophisticated text-based music notation system
  • MuseScore – free and open source notation software, mostly accessible for reading scores, not so much for editing them at the moment

If you have suggestions for sites or other resources to add to this list, please contact us or leave us a comment below.

2 thoughts on “Resources

  1. Hello! I recently completed a project where I transcribed a few thousand guitar chord and scale shapes in a screenreader-friendly, Section 508-compliant format. Is there a process by which I can be listed in your directory. I’d love to share my work with those who can use it and get feedback to make it better.

    The site is

    I can be reached at if you’d like to discuss. I look forward to hearing from you.

  2. Remember or add, that frescobaldi, the gui editor for lilypond has got a nice accessibility lift as well as of very recently. It can be perfectly used by say, a midi controller for input if you do not want to type, and NVDA. It does have shortcuts for common things, a score creation wizard. It is also very helpful when helping you detect and correct coding errors. You can assign shortcuts to most things, including midi playback and so on.

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