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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Music Literacy: Its Role in the Education of the Blind

This book is a fascinating historical journey tracing the emergence of various musical notation systems for the blind in Europe and the United States. It includes twenty-eight illustrations, a great addition to your library!

From the author:

"This book is a revision of my Master’s thesis of the same name. During three years of research, information was obtained from sources in Great Britain, France, and the U.S. Music education in institutional and public school settings is discussed. Illustrations show a variety of means by which literary and music materials were presented to the blind in the 19th century and the early 20th century, as well as writing instruments used to produce the symbols. The role of the American Printing House for the Blind in producing books and music is discussed. Factors influencing the delay in acceptance of the Braille codes in the U.S. are considered. An interview with Dr. Abraham Nemeth, the creator of the Nemeth Braille Mathematics Code who is also a pianist, was conducted to discuss the role of braille music in his education in the New York City public schools. The results of three surveys involving braille music are detailed. The surveys concern learning braille music, teaching braille music in institutions, and teaching braille music in the public schools. Music education of the blind in the public school system is discussed, and the influence of technology is considered."

Sylvia Clark is certified in both Literary and Music Braille by the Library of Congress. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Music History, and from the University of Texas-Pan American with a Master of Music, Thesis. MUSIC LITERACY: ITS ROLE IN THE EDUCATION OF THE BLIND is the text of her Master’s thesis, which includes twenty-eight illustrations. She has published articles in The American Harp Journal and The International Journal of Music Education.

Sold exclusively by the author, Sylvia Clark. To order, please write to Now listed with other educational books on the Products page of the braille music site and on the Publications page of the braille music site

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