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    Debbie Winsett

    Hello, my name is Debbie, I am a certified Braille Transcriber of 20 years.

    I will be doing braille transcription for a 6th grade vision student this school year who will be taking his first music class.

    I have never braille music before so it will be a learning experience for me as well.

    I would like to know what reference book you would recommend for me to buy or download online to use to help me with beginner music braille.

    I saw the Music Braille Code book by BANA 2015 edition online.  I don't mind to download it for reference if that is my best choice.

    Thank you for any direction that you can give to me.

    I have also been watching the music webinars you have provided online.

    Thank you,


    Braille Transcriber

    Braille Transcriber

    “There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”     Helen Keller


    Hi Debbie!
    I commend you for taking on music braille!

    There are some resources you can find online. The Music Braille Code 2015 is an invaluable tool that is useful for any level of music braille transcriber.

    I'm also glad to hear that you've been watching the webinars! We've been enjoying presenting them so I hope that they are proving to be helpful!

    Some resources I know of are: (and I'm not in a position to endorse any of them but these are the ones available that I know about !)

    How to Read Braille Music by Bettye Krolick

    Who's Afraid of Braille Music by Richard Taesch and William McCann (Dancing Dots has other resources and training as well)

    Feel the Beat by Christine Short

    Also, most of us music transcribers are always happy to help out in providing transcriptions for music students. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance or have questions as you go along.

    Hope that helps!



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