Photo of a girl playing an instrument while looking at a music stand  holding a tablet displaying a measure of musical notes.

Music Technology for the Visually Impaired

Tips and resources for students with visual impairments and blindness to succeed and flourish in music classes.

Many students who are visually impaired are talented musicians.  So, how does a student who is low vision or blind succeed in a mainstream music class? 

Lime Lighter is a music reading device for low vision musicians.  The music notation can be displayed from 1.25 to 10 times bigger than the original sheet music on a 20″ digital touch screen.  Musicians simply press the right side of the foot pedal and the music will advance across the screen to the next measure. Press the left pedal to go back one measure. Press the center foot pedal to move to the beginning of the piece. For general information about Lime Lighter, read the article, Lime Lighter Low-Vision Music Reading Device from Dancing Dots or go to the Lime Lighter Website.

Mainstream musicians are using music apps and iPads instead of paper sheet music.  Imagine carrying and accessing your entire music library from your iPad – no more trying to fit pages of sheet music onto your stand!  Here is a list and review of mainstream sheet music readers available for the iPad, Sheet Music Readers for iPad.



By Diane Brauner

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