[Athen] Music notation software for blind student

steve.noble at louisville.edu steve.noble at louisville.edu
Tue Oct 27 11:21:14 PDT 2015

For a basic consideration of accessible music notation, here is the page I write up for the Accessible Image Sample Book (a product of Benetech's DIAGRAM project):


There's a very good music scanning product called SharpEye, which will export to MusicXML or MIDI formats:


I have not tried it lately, but many years ago I used to use the older free version and was amazed that it even did a decent job with many of my hand-written scores of pieces I composed decades ago.

Hope that helps!

--Steve Noble
steve.noble at louisville.edu
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Subject: [Athen] Music notation software for blind student

Please forgive cross-posts.

We have a blind music major that has been receiving hardcopy music braille. He now wants to explore the option of navigating through music with Lime music notation software for non-vocal pieces or the larger scores.

We won't be needing the braille output and I imagine we'd release a MusicXML file to the student? Does anyone have any experience with this? Are there any existing services that I can outsource these jobs to in the meantime, while we create some sort of in-house workflow?

I know I will need to hire someone with a music background (we are looking at grad students in the music department), but not quite sure what exactly they would be doing in house (scanning in sheet music, proofing that the software converts it properly)?

Thanks for any input!

Corazon (Coco) Napolis

Accessible Media Coordinator

Accessibility Services

California State University, East Bay

Accessibility Services, Rm. LI 2400

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward CA 94542-3057

TEL | 510-885-3831 FAX | 510-885-7633

"To receive much, Is to give much."
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