[Athen] Student with a visual impairment in music program
wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu
Tue Jul 10 16:54:42 PDT 2007
Hi Joe et al in ATHEN-land,
This is a response I received from our AT music specialist at MCC.
Here you go..... Hope this helps.
Ms. Wink Harner
Disability Resources & Services
Mesa Community College
The Alternative Text Lab at Mesa Community College uses a variety of
Goodfeel /Dancing Dots, LIME and Sharp Eye.
Goodfeel is the Braille translation software.
LIME is the program that interfaces MIDI to Music and has an on-screen
piano keyboard where the notes may be placed in a measure of music and
then be played back for listening accuracy.
Sharp Eye is the music editing software. This is when and where, before
being sent to Braille, a sighted person views the music notes, key
signatures, time signatures & accidentals for accuracy.
It has been more than 3 years since I (our DRS employee, Tom K) have
been a part of this music Braille translation program and I am sure
there are new upgrades. However, the best advice I can offer is to have
a sighted person who is very fluent with the what the instructor
expects, the music piece, the sheet music being modified or the new
music being produced. When we were developing this program, we were
fortunate to have an expert from the music department to do the editing
and reviewing for the student.
Also, keep in mind that if a scanned piece of sheet music has a speck of
dust on the sheet, it may be seen by the software as a note and possibly
change the score/music.
PS. We have a midi keyboard & earphones for the student to create the
score in the lab, listen, a sighted person edit &
proofread/proof-listen, and the student can then send to the embosser to
proof him/herself for braille accuracy. Double & triple editing &
proofing is critical for accuracy.
Hope this is helpful, Joe and all ATHENites
From: wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu
Date: 07/09/2007 9:18
To: "Tom K"
Subj: Re: [Athen] Student with a visual impairment in music program
Please answer as much as you can & reply to me!
Humbert, Joseph A wrote:
> Hi all!
> We have a very talented music student (piano in particular) coming to
> IU in the fall. He will need his music Brailled. Does anyone have
> experience with this? What programs do you use? How do you do it?
> Proofreading? All help is greatly appreciated. Thankx.
> Joe Humbert
> Assistive Technology Specialist
> Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
> Office: IT 214E
> Email: johumber at iupui.edu
> Phone: 317-274-4378
> Cell: 847-431-6545
> Athen mailing list
> Athen at athenpro.org
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