[Athen] Resources for blind student taking piano class

McGinnity, Julie A. (MU-Student) jamzk7 at mail.missouri.edu
Wed Aug 26 11:09:46 PDT 2015

Hi Maria,

Dancing Dots is an excellent resource. If your student uses Jaws, she will be able to compose, mix, and print the music she works on. You or the student could also check out www.menvi.org. They are a music education network for blind people, complete with newsletters and an email list. Your student could connect with others who have taken music classes at a university.

I would suggest recording the pieces she needs to play in the piano class. The professor or maybe a work study music student would record them and announce the fingerings and any other important musical information.

I am a graduate student, finishing up a masters degree in vocal performance. I am blind and have taken piano, music theory, etc, and I have used Dancing Dots software. If you or this student wish to contact me off list, you are welcome to do so.

-Julie A McGinnity
University of Missouri
Student Assistant, Adaptive Computing Technology Center

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Maria Bohn
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Subject: [Athen] Resources for blind student taking piano class

Good afternoon - are there any technology or other resources anyone can suggest for a blind student taking a piano class? The student does not read braille. We are looking for workarounds in how she might be able to read music or any apps or other types of suggestions. This is our first time with a student taking piano - she is also taking a music production class which requires the use of equipment so if anyone has experience with this any and all tips, ideas etc appreciated.

Maria Bohn
Senior Resource Accommodation Specialist Assistive Technology Office of Specialized Services Bergen Community College _______________________________________________
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