Judith Bevans Embossed Music Collection

Samuel P. Hayes Research Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472


Judith Bevans

Date Range: 
1970, undated
Call number: 

Judith Bevans was a Music Therapist and teacher at the Lower School at the Perkins School for the Blind from 1963-1994. The collection consists of music sheets in many formats including Braille, embossed plastic, embossed metal, and embossed paper. The collection includes experimental materials that were also used in Perkins music classes. Many of the items are oversized. The collection also includes. An Approach to Instruction in Braille Music Notation Utilizing Principles of Meinolf Neuhauser’s “Magic Notation” and Carl Orff’s “Schulwerk” written by Bevans. 

2 linear feet, 1 oversize box
Processed by: 

Maxine Brown, 2013

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Judith E. Bevans worked at Perkins School for the Blind form 1963-1994 in the Music Department at the Lower School. She received a B. S. in Music from the University of Rochester, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and a Master of Music in Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. Bevans was a certified Music Therapist from the Certification Board for Music Therapists. She worked in the Peace Corps in Iran from 1970-1972.

Sources of information: 

Author’s bio found in ebook at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign website http://clas.uiuc.edu/fulltext/cl02071/cl02071.html 

Author’s 30 year honoring in 1990-1996 Lantern at Perkins Archive website, Fall 1994 pg 22 https://archive.org/details/lantern9096unkn  

Author’s trip to Iran in 1963-1970 Lantern at Perkins Archives website, Summer 1970, pg 23 https://archive.org/details/lantern6370unkn 

Credit line/Citation: 
Judith Bevans Embossed Music Collection, Perkins School for the Blind

The Judith Bevans Embossed Music Collection contains 2 hymn books, 12 plastic embossed music sheets, 3 embossed music examples, embossed rhythmic examples, and 2 embossed musical scales. 


1 box, 10 folders

Container List: 

Folder 1: Printed papers including An Approach to Instruction in Braille Music Notation Utilizing Principles of Meinolf Neuhauser’s “Magic Notation” and Carl Orff’s “Schulwerk” by Judith Bevans, 1970, undated

Folder 2: Braille music, undated 

Folder 3: Half-beat embossed scales, undated

Folder 4: Embossed rhythmic exercises, undated 

Folder 5: Whole-beat embossed scales, undated

Folder 6: Plastic photo-etched embossed music posters, undated

Folder 7: Hymn books, undated

Folder 8: Bobby Shafto embossed music, undated

Folder 9: Blow, Boys, Blow embossed music, undated

Folder 10: 1, 2 Tie My Shoe and other embossed music, undated

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.


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