For many blind people, music has been and still is an important part of their world of experience. Whether for leisure or professionally – Braille music notation is irreplaceable for blind musicians.
The largest group of blind professional musicians is made up by church musicians. There are also musicologists, singers, pop musicians and music pedagogues. Exercising these professions is unthinkable without constant access to notes. Notes are also needed for teaching blind children how to play an instrument or for blind people who occupy themselves with music in their leisure time, e.g. when singing in a choir.
Just like Braille, Braille music notation is created out of six dots. Within music notation, the characters have their own meaning. The speciality – in comparison to normal notes – consists of the linear representation which means, for example, that melodies, chords or graphic symbols are notated character by character one after the other. Thus, notes can be converted into Braille without limitations.
The short introduction "Braille-Musiknoten – Eine kurze Übersicht für Sehende" is available as a Diese Datei ist momentan nicht verfügbar. and as a printed copy (BN 5040, price 5 €). It offers an overview about music notation in Braille for blind musicians.