Services for Musicians with Special Needs
The Bold Notes Project is a special interest area of the Services for Musicians with Special Needs which evolved from the Services for the Visually Impaired.
Opportunities for Chapter or Individual Participation
Alternate Format Fraternity Materials Offered
For Future Consideration
Provide additional fraternity materials in alternate formats, including Braille, large print, and CD, to members who have diminished visual acuity.
Services for Musicians with Special Needs Project Director
For further information, contact Terry-Ann M. Saurmann, Project Director.
Bold Notes Project
Resources for Musicians with Special Needs
The following list, though not complete, includes major producers of musical materials and sources of pertinent information.
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Dancing Dots- Dancing Dots has developed the Goodfeel software, which converts scanned ink-print musical scores into braille. Dancing Dots also sells software which enables blind musicians to produce ink-print scores of their own compositions.
Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
- MoneyGeek Guide to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students With Disabilities: Opportunities are listed in special need categories
- Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired
- Music Section, Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: The Music Section includes an extensive collection of braille and large-print music scores and books about music. Also available are instructional recordings on cassette tape and compact disk. Many of the braille books and scores have been computerized so that they can be downloaded in "web braille" format.
- National Braille Association
- National Braille Press
- National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
- Opus Technologies: Opus Technologies sells instructional materials in braille, ink-print, and computerized formats. Other products include popular music in braille and a computer program for converting ink- print scores into braille.
If you need earplugs or other specialized protective devices to safeguard your hearing during musical performance, please consult a knowledgeable specialist such as an audiologist or a sound engineer. A Google search will take you to a multitude of pertinent web sites. One of the recommended brands is Peltor, a Swedish company with American distributors.