Art Beyond Sight:
Free training materials, resources, book suggestions, networking. Model projects and curricula. By Art Education for the Blind, Bringing Art and Culture to all (US). Artists with vision loss are invited to submit their work for publication to the online gallery.
Arts access for blind people in NSW:
Research report by Zhila Hasanloo, Arts Access Australia. Published 2011. Comprehensive listing of a variety of arts activities and events in New South Wales, either offered exclusively or as accessible options for people who are blind, or have vision impairment. Some items will be out-dated but the gathered information has potential for application within art-service planning for the blind and low vision and provision of additional resources. Download Word document.
Audacity with the Keyboard: The Basics:
Guide with basic introduction to use and control Audacity with keystrokes. Audacity is very powerful audio creation and editing software, and it is free. It’s available on both the Mac and PC platforms and offers a lot of features to help create, edit and export audio files and music production. This guide is abou Audacity basics – opening, closing and saving; recording, playback and moving around; basic editing; and exporting audio. Created by and published with permission from Glen Morrow.
Blindness and Arts:
Accessible website providing research resources, information and a gallery about blindness in the arts, in information technology and computer programming.
Blind Radio: Blind-friendly internet radio web site which offers access to thousands of free online radio channels.
Braille Music Notator: Free online tool to create braille music scores. Usable by musicians with vision impairment (compatible with JAWS and VoiceOver), and also by sighted musicians and music teachers.
Braille Music resources: This valuable webpage from the Australian Braille Authority contains a number of braille music teaching resources and publications, as well as information on the National Braille Music Camp.
Eclipse Soundscapes Project:
Multisensory experience from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, including audio descriptions of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.
This ongoing project serves as a model for making science accessible for all.
Music to teach by:
Information on how to use music to stimulate a baby who is vision impaired.
NewYork beyond Sight:
Sounds from New York. Prominent New Yorkers describe their favorite works of art and culture, architecture, and city landmarks. By Art Beyond Sight/Art Education for the Blind.
As a seventeen year old, this singer from Adelaide, South Australia, who is blind, finished in third place in The Voice Australia 2012 TV contest. She started singing lessons at the age of nine and she can sing in Italian, French and Spanish. She can also play the piano and flute and has sung in multiple choirs. Videos, Blog and information. Great role model.
Simply Listen and Play:
A series of tutorials (3 CD’s) of music lessons without reading sheet music. They give students the opportunity to realize their musical potential, including students who are blind or have low vision.
Songs for Teaching Radio:
Free App with hundreds of songs. All songs are educational in nature and cover topics like math, ABC's, health, animals, science, etc.
Sound-oriented sites, in categories such as sound maps, live sounds, sound libraries, science, art. Sounds from nature, animals, and cities. Fascinating.
Songs for Teaching:
Creative teachers can use music to teach content across the curriculum – to students of all ages. Thousands of free downloads of children's songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions. Songs are categorized by subject (math, language, etc.).
Sydney Opera House Access performances for Kids: The Sydney Opera House’s program now includes a number of inclusive performances for young people with a disability. AUSLAN interpretation, Audio Description; Touch-tours are a service provided for children who are blind or have low vision. Touch-tours occur before the performance to help to capture the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action before and during the course of a performance.
What happens when the rhythmic and harmonic structure of planetary systems is translated directly into music? The result is SYSTEM Sounds, a collection of music and animations generated by numerical simulations, real data, and a little creativity. Listen to a translation of the moons and rings of Saturn into music in ‘SATURN Sounds’ Part 1 & Part 2, compare sonifications of the bright and dark side of Saturn’s rings, or become an astro-musician by playing the music of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.
The Virtuoso: Marcus Roberts:
Inspirational video of CBS "60 Minutes” on the American pianist Marcus Roberts. Marcus Roberts lost his sight as a child, but rose to prominence as a gifted performer in American jazz music. He has become a mentor to a new generation of musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University.