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Dancing Dots serves blind musicians and their educators through technology and training

Resources for Learning and Teaching Music, Financing Assistive Technology Purchases, and More


Available from Dancing Dots (see our Online Store)

  • AN INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC FOR THE BLIND STUDENT
    A COURSE IN BRAILLE MUSIC READING - Parts I & II

    By Richard Taesch, Published by Dancing Dots
    Flexible curriculum which equips the mainstream educator with no prior experience with braille to teach and learn music braille.
  • AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PIANO FOR THE BLIND STUDENT
    A COURSE IN BRAILLE MUSIC READING - PART I

    By Richard Taesch, Published by Dancing Dots
    Flexible curriculum which equips the mainstream educator with no prior experience with braille to teach and learn music braille.
  • Who's Afraid of Braille Music
    By Richard Taesch and William R. McCann, Published by Dancing Dots
    A Short Introduction and Resource Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students
  • TACK-TILES®
  • GOODFEEL Braille Music Translator and related hardware and software
  • 10 Basic Recommended Rudiments for Beginners

    Other Organizations

    Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB)

    Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB)
    AMB is a Southern California based non-profit school for the blind with a comprehensive year-round education in all instruments, voice, dance, drama, and computer literacy.
    Phone: (626)358-5379
    Academy of Music for the Blind web site


    National Library Service of the Library of Congress

    To borrow instructional materials on the braille music code and/or braille scores contact the Music Section, National Library Service of the Library of Congress at 1-800-424-8567. NLS can provide on loan materials appropriate for both teacher and student at no charge. A correspondence course designed to certify braille music transcribers is available.


    Braille Through Remote Learning

    Braille Through Remote Learning: a link to web-based braille instruction courses developed by the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc..


    Music and Arts Center for the Handicapped (MACH)

    National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
    510 Barnum Ane.
    Bridgeport, CT 06608
    Phone: (203) 366-3300
    Fax: (203) 368-2847
    Music and Arts Center's web site
    E-mail: 1027301.163@compuserve.com

    Music in Large Print

    Music in large print is available from LRS
    Voice: 800-255-5002
    Fax: 310-354-2601
    Web Site: http://www.largeprintschoolbooks.com
    E-mail: Lrsprint@aol.com


    MIDI-Mag listserv

    To subscribe to the MIDI-Mag listserv for blind musicians, where we discuss all aspects of makeing electronic music, send a blank E-mail message to: midimag-subscribe@midimag.org

    After your subscription is confirmed, you'll begin to receive messages from the list. To post a message, address it to midimag@midimag.org

    After you're subscribed, you may want to set your subscription option to digest. This option sends you one digest message per day which contains all list messages for that 24 hour period. To set this option, send a blank email message to listserv@midimag.org. In the body of your message write: set midi-mag digest.

    Publications

    The Central Catalog: Textbooks for Students Who Are Visually Handicapped

    Educational Resources Network of the American Printing House for the Blind
    P. O. Box 6085
    Louisville, KY 40206-0085
    Phone: (502) 895-2405 and (800) 223-1839
    Fax: (502) 899-2274
    Web site: http://www.aph.org


    Dictionary of Braille Music Signs, Bettye Krolick. 1979

    Music Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    Library of Congress
    Washington, DC 20542
    Phone: (202) 707-5100 and (800) 424-8567
    Fax: (202) 707-0712
    TTY/TTD: (710) 822-1969
    E-mail: nlsm@loc.gov

    Print Music Symbols and Tactile Graphics

    By Lois Krantz
    Published by The National Braille Association
    In one braille volume, 13 braille pages
    Blind musicians read music braille. However, it is important that blind musicians understand how printed music appears. This book is a valuable resource for blind musicians who need to understand how printed music symbols appear to sighted teachers, colleagues or students. Although it is not intended as a comprehensive list of all conventional music symbols, it contains raised line graphics of common clef signs, notes of varying rhythms, stem signs and rests.

    You can call NBA toll-free to order: 1-800-244-5797
    $5 for individuals, $10.75 for organizations
    Visa & MasterCard accepted

    National Braille Association
    3 Townline Circle, Rochester, NY 14623-2513
    Tel: 585-427-8260 FAX 585-427-0263
    Web Site: www.nationalbraille.org

    A Blind Music Student's College Survival Guide

    By Richard Taesch

    The files are in word format and can be downloaded through this link. www.menvi.org/links.html#special

    Seven Steps to Read Music in Braille

    By Richard Taesch

    The files are in word format and can be downloaded through this link. www.menvi.org/newsletters/news28.html


    Primer of Braille Music

    Compiled by Edward W. Jenkins American Printing House for the Blind
    1839 Frankfort Avenue, P. O. Box 6085
    Louisville, KY 40206-0085
    Phone: (502) 895-2405 and (800) 223-1829
    Fax: (502) 895-1509


    Norton Grove Encyclopedia of Music (in "BookManager" format)

    Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic has the Norton Grove Encyclopedia of Music in "BookManager" format. This is not an audio book, but rather a set of computer files which can be read by speech synthesizers if the computer is equipped with the BookManager program. The "encyclopedia" is an excellent music dictionary.

    Possibly these files are also available in standard ASCII format.

    To contact Recording for the Blind, write to:

    20 Roszel Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    800-221-4792
    www.rfbd.org.

    Other Resources: Grants, Scholarships, and Financing Programs

    PENNSYLVANIA ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION

    The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a non-profit organization that provides low-interest loans to people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians so that they can buy the assistive technology devices and services they need.

    A Guide to Visual Disabilities How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed.

    Obtaining a college education is no easy task, but for students with visual disabilities, the path to completing a degree program is lined with unique challenges and barriers. The following guide explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.

    The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

    (ATIA) has put together an excellent resource about where to find funding for assistive technology called the ATIA Funding Resources Guide.

    Resource Highlight: What Are Your Options to Pay for Assistive Devices

    The NIDRR-funded AbleData project has released a new information sheet, What Are Your Options to Pay for Assistive Devices (PDF). Information provided covers primary funding resources including private and public health insurance; local school districts; vocational rehabilitation agencies; other government-sponsored resources; non-profit organizations; clinical trials and product development; crowd funding via the Internet and social media; auto manufacturer reimbursement programs; and local community, civic, and charitable organizations.

    Scholarships for blind college students majoring in music.

    AFB offers 2 scholarships, the Gillette and Anderson, to blind college students who are majoring in music. The application form and instructions for mailing in the supporting materials can be found at www.afb.org.

    The Philadelphia Lighthouse of the Blind

    If there is a product you would like to obtain in order to provide you with a better quality of life, call 215-627-0600 ext. 3297, for a request form and apply for financial assistance.

    The Music Teachers National Association

    This organization awards grants of up to $1,000 to teachers who can demonstrate that the funds will help them further or expand their professional development. The Music Teachers National Association Awards Programs

    The National Federation of Music Clubs

    Their Vivian Nelson Scholarship for the Visually Impaired is awarded once a year for outstanding performance. Submission is very easy, and the scholarship, is for $1,000.
    Vivian Nelson Scholarship Application
    National Federation of Music Clubs

    Getting Ahead Association

    Dedicated to promoting financial literacy and economic independence among our members. Goal: Provide financial services designed to meet the unique needs of different target populations, including but not limited to:
    • Georgians with disabilities(Credit-Able)
    • 1st time car buyers/Home Owners
    • New Entrepreneurs
    • Graduates of Consumer Credit Counseling Services
    www.gettingaheadassoc.org
    6705 Sugarloaf Parkway, Ste. 200
    Duluth, GA 30097
    Ph: 678-542-3473
    Toll Free 800-768-4282
    Fx: 678-542-3474

    Assistive Technology and Assessment Information

    Call Tools for Life at 1-800-497-8665 to help you locate resources, or go to the website at www.gatfl.org

    Accessible Online Metronome

    Accessible Online Metronome

    Alternate Text Production Center

    "A Blind Music Student's College Survival Guide"

    Financing Programs

    "Alternative Financing Technical Assistance Project"

    Fred's Head post is entitled Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Programs and Access to Telework Loan Programs, and lists programs by state. "Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Programs and Access to Telework Loan Programs"

    Grant to Fund Acquisition of Assistive Technology

    An organization called the Association of Blind Citizens offers an Assistive Technology Fund to US residents. the Fund provides financial resources to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. Web Site: http://www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm


    Credit-Able

    To request an application you can contact Credit-Able at
    • Tools for Life at 404-638-0385(Voice/TTY)
    • 1-800-497-8665 or
    • www.gatfl.org

    Residents of the UK who are seeking third-party funding

    Customers and prospective customers often ask us about information on sources for funding acquisition of accessible music technology from Dancing Dots. Residents of the UK who are seeking such third-party funding should invest some time in studying the information given at http://www.rnib.org.uk/livingwithsightloss/leisureculture/music/makingmusic/musicians/Pages/musicawards.aspx
    For further information, please email mas@rnib.org.uk or ring the RNIB's Music Advisory Service on 020 7391 2273.


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