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Teaching blind or partially sighted children
#3023293 09/09/20 05:01 PM
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Hi, If anyone teaches blind or partially sighted children or is thinking of doing so snd is a bit unsure how to go about it, please have a look at these resources

https://ambertrust.app/sound-touch/


It is UK based, but im sure you can access it from other countries. Does anyone have any more resources from other countries? Including for those with additional needs?

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You might also think about posting your question in the Piano Teachers Forum.

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I think it's possible that if you do a keyword search, the topic may come up in older threads. Are you looking to do such teaching in the future, or just curious?

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This guy, Bill Brown has been making lesson for the blind for a long time and eventually realized that these might also work for certainly learning styles for sighted people too. It is all by ear, nothing written down. He teaches basic piano foundational lessons as well as a catalog of lots of well known tunes such as hymns, pop tunes, Christmas tunes, etc.

https://www.musicvi.com/store/PBEPages/PBEpage.htm

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Have you seen this resource?

Nat resource center blind pianists


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Thank you for the resources. I already do it , not piano as i am only intermediate. I do general music for special needs education including for blind and partially sighted children.


Are we allowed to post the same thread in more than one place? Im not sure of the rules and don't want to get banned for something like that.

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Hi Sammysammi, I couldn't help but notice this thread as I was born with a visual impairment. I was born with congenital cataracts in both eyes and my natural lenses were removed when I was 3 months old. I had lenses (IOL implants) inserted into my eyes when I was 16 so my vision is significantly improved. I am luckier than most as I've had little to no complications afterwards and I was able to attend mainstream education. Thankfully I've never needed to learn Braille and hopefully my sight will remain as it is for many more years to come.

However with music:
Sometimes I use notation software to rewrite and slightly enlarge the notation for myself. It's especially needed for older editions of scores where the notes tend to be placed top of each other! In school when I had to view orchestra scores for analysis, I needed to use a magnifying glass!

When I was participating in orchestra, I had to have my own stand as I needed to sit closer to the music (this has made me very self-conscious when performing). Unfortunately I have to use my own initiative as no one realises the small things that come after 'your sight is restored'.

Depending on the level of sight the child has it's always a good idea to have the notation and fingering indications bigger on the page. With music it's important to communicate and ask if someone with low vision can make out the music clearly if they are working with notation.


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Sometimes I use notation software to rewrite and slightly enlarge the notation for myself. It's especially needed for older editions of scores where the notes tend to be placed top of each other! In school when I had to view orchestra scores for analysis, I needed to use a magnifying glass!

Hi pianorla,

Is the only way to get the score into the software by manually rewriting it and entering it? Does it have capability to scan printed pages? I am blind in one eye now and failing the other. Music is increasingly difficult for me to see.

Thanks, Bill


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People are increasingly using tablets so some have television sized tablets which can enlarge the score even more.

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Originally Posted by Sammysammi
Are we allowed to post the same thread in more than one place? Im not sure of the rules and don't want to get banned for something like that.

Sammy, in the past some people have posted the same exact thread in all the forums here without acknowledging that they're cross-posting. In those cases, other posters are usually unhappy with them! But if you post this same topic in the teacher's forum, with a note that you posted here in the ABF and were encouraged to post there as well, that would be totally fine. And in fact people do that all the time.


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Originally Posted by Sammysammi
Are we allowed to post the same thread in more than one place? Im not sure of the rules and don't want to get banned for something like that.

Sammy, in the past some people have posted the same exact thread in all the forums here without acknowledging that they're cross-posting. In those cases, other posters are usually unhappy with them! But if you post this same topic in the teacher's forum, with a note that you posted here in the ABF and were encouraged to post there as well, that would be totally fine. And in fact people do that all the time.

Yes to ShiroKuro's response. It's quite acceptable to do so, particularly since, after your original post here, it was suggested that you post in the Teacher Forum.

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