Music for the blind and the visually impaired musicians - (Touch-sensitive music notation)

Posted on April 7, 2019

In parallel to its alternative music notation, Dodeka developed innovative and touch-sensitive sheet music for the blind and visually impaired musicians. With Dodeka, the twelve notes of the scale have their dedicated place on the score, so it is possible to identify the notes simply by touching them.

A doorway to music

Blind or visually impaired people very often have extremely well-developed hearing and sensory capacities.

Although they could very likely excel in music, they have great trouble in unlocking its secrets due to the fact that the traditional notation with its forgotten notes makes it very hard to identify them.

For example, the melody for “Kumbaya” is written in the D key in the traditional notation and this key requires two sharps, which are almost virtual notes and thus impossible to identify by touch.

Touch-sensitive scores

With Dodeka, all the notes are on the four lines staff, so it suffices to identify their position in order to play them. (Dodeka notation complete explanations are available here).

The “ladder zone” placed at the beginning of the notation indicates the key, the tempo, and/ or where the piece of music begins.

The C line, which is thicker, enables the musician to find the lines indicating the position of the notes. The length of the rectangles makes it possible to “feel” the length of the notes.

This graphical and sensory notation enables blind people to visualise music in their minds.



More information

Do you want to try these touch-sensitive sheet music or do you simply want more information? Reach out to us.

** We are currently working on the Dodeka Music Library project, which seeks to translate as many sheet music as possible into the Dodeka notation. Check out our progress and get early access to the first ever Dodeka music library. **

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