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Braille Music Notator

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Braille Music Notator is a free online tool for creating braille music scores. While there are tools available which can translate traditional notation into braille music notation, they suffer the same problems as other automatic translation engines: the resulting translations are often unpolished and inefficient, and can sometimes be inaccurate or even illegible.
In Braille Music Notator, the entire process of creating or editing a score is done in braille music notation, but the braille characters are translated into traditional musical symbols automatically. Thus, the score can be designed with the braille reader in mind, resulting in elegant, legible scores which promote sight-reading and accuracy.
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Who is this made for?

Though the primary goal of Braille Music Notator is to produce high-quality scores for musicians who rely on braille for reading music, the utility is designed to be used by sighted musicians, teachers, and engravers.

Who made this?

Dr. Toby W. Rush teaches music theory, aural skills, and music technology at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. A long time computer programmer and interface designer, he has been researching methods for improving education for visually impaired music students since 2012. He maintains a web site and blog at

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Braille Music Notator

Posted by Nancy Jones

My son is a blind college music major---I'd like to hear more about this new technology. Please give me a website or manufacturer's site or some way to learn more about the Braille Music Notator.

More about the Braille Music Notator

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Hi Nancy,

You can visit the Braille Music Notator site to learn more:

If you have additional questions after that, you can contact the developer directly:

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