[Athen] Student who is blind taking music courses- does not know braille

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Sat Jan 7 13:30:41 PST 2017

I meant "Dancing Dots" not GoodFeel, sorry!


At 01:48 PM 1/7/2017, you wrote:

>I think most of this is pretty dooable. Garage

>Band is accessible with VoiceOver. Another

>accessible multi-track recording software for the Mac is Amadeus Pro.


>There is a mailing list called MusicTalk,


>to subscribe where questions can be

>answered. Sources of textbooks include Learning Ally and Bookshare.org


>Goodfeel in philadelphia has a variety of accessible software too.




>At 11:37 AM 1/4/2017, you wrote:

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>>Hello all-

>>The following question is from Pam LaBella at

>>Northern Essex Community College:


>>I am looking for suggestions in regards to the

>>best way to accommodate a student. It is an

>>area I have never had to delve into until now.


>>I am working with a student for the spring 17

>>semester who is taking 4 music courses. The

>>student is blind, uses JAWS, but does not read Braille.

>>He has a musical background and plays in a band

>>so he has some good skills and knowledge when it comes to music.


>>I am not familiar with most of what the syllabi

>>are referring to for software/ equipment to be use.


>>For his Music Technology: Composition course he

>>needs to create compositions using

>>GarageBand (I did find a Garageband app

>>available for $4.99 but I am not sure how it works with voice over)

>>Finale, Syllabus, Muse Score or other music notation software

>>A composition created in the style of 80s Synth Pop

>>A composition created using any digital audio

>>workstation format or software the student prefers


>>For his Audio Recording II course the students

>>are required to assist the instructor in

>>developing, designing and installing a mobile

>>multitrack audio recording studio to run on a MAC computer.

>>Must use Digidesign 002 audio/digital interface

>>with the recording software ProTools

>>Align the convertor with an A.R.T. four channel

>>analog pre amplifier as well as the Focusrite AD/DA pre amp

>>Incorporate the Mackie digital mixer and controller


>>For Jazz/Rock Ensemble I course

>>Each meeting will include melodic and rhythmic

>>exercise, sight reading and performance of rehearsed pieces.


>>For his Applied Music: Guitar course

>>Some of the course requires him to read,

>>analyze and perform chord comping, melody and improvise jazz standards


>>The format for the textbooks are also going to

>>be a challenge. I am wondering if anyone out

>>there has converted any of these textbooks into

>>a format for students who are blind to use.

>>Other than Braille. What does one do for a book

>>that is basically music compositions. How does

>>one convert and what is a good format for musical notes, scales, chords etc.?


>>The textbooks being used are;

>>‘Classical Studies for Electric Guitar’ by William Leavitt

>>‘The Real Book’ by Hal Leonard

>>‘Modern Method for Guitar Vol 1’ by William Leavitt

>>‘The Guitarist’s Music Theory Book’ by Vogl

>>‘Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study’ by Dariusz Terefenko

>>‘Music Theory for Computer Musicians’ by Michael Hewitt

>>‘Inside the Music’ by Dave Stewart


>>I appreciate any help/suggestions


>>Thank you



>>Pam LaBella

>>Assistive Technology/Alternative Text Specialist

>>The Learning Accommodations Center

>>Northern Essex Community College

>>Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center SC105

>>100 Elliot Street, Haverhill, MA 01830

>>Tel# 978-556-3705




>>Susan J Martin M.Ed – Director


>>The Learning Accommodations Center

>>Northern Essex Community College

>>Behrakis One- Stop Student Services Center SC111B

>>100 Elliot Street, Haverhill, MA 01830

>>Tel# 978-556-3647

>>Email: <mailto:smartin at necc.mass.edu>smartin at necc.mass.edu

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