An important announcement!
Some of you may know that I have been working on and off over the past few years on tools and methodology to support blind musicians as well as educators working with them. I have managed to put this work to good use in my own teaching, but so far, I have not developed anything really polished enough to be ready to share it with the rest of the world. Recently, I became inspired to try to change that. After engaging in discussions with some blind musicians and educators – including some of the experts in the field – I have come to believe strongly that that there are some real needs here and some real opportunities to address them. While I am sure there are any number of people more qualified than I to be dealing with these issues, the universe seems to be telling me that I need to take the initiative to start making some things happen. So, I have launched The Accessible Music Notation Project:
Right now, the “we” referred to throughout the site is the “royal we” – that is, it’s really just me speaking for myself (albeit with the support of some people I respect). But I hope to see the project grow over time. I hope to find musicians and educator willing to share their ideas regarding what is needed, programmers willing to help address these needs, and perhaps people and organizations willing to help fund these efforts.
I honestly do not know where all this might lead, but I have ideas of what I think is possible, and I intend to be setting forth as time permits. Please feel free to share this and if you have ideas for me, please let me know. Replies on the site itself would probably be best for any substantial comments. One of the whole reasons for creating the site was to make sure there was a permanent record of some of the ideas being tossed around via email over the past few weeks.