*If anticipating a blind or visually impaired student in your department,
provide JAWS in some manner for inclusion on a department computer.
Accommodation Keyboards allowing tactile feel of braille can be included. Navigation
of the net or music associated software can then be done on campus is
assignments are required.
*Provide a student helper or some type of network to assist
with brailing music as is done at Cal State University Stanislaus, if a blind or visually impaired student uses this as
part of assignments or performance.
*Use Smart Music to help in part identification and learning, by extracting part
from score so a student can work individually on his/her own part.
*MIDI vocal or instrumental parts, emphasize specific part either with
timbre or dynamic contrast, and save. This allows the individual
part to be heard in relation to the ensemble whether vocal or instrumental.
*Have a chorus member record parts with lyrics and phrasing into mp3 format so the part can be learned
outside of choral organization.
*Be aware of and turn on your PC or MAC Assistive Technology components such as speech reproduction
and screen magnifiers.
The trick now is to optimize the cochlear input system for music.
It works well with speech. Getting the pitch and frequency of music is difficult. "You have to fine
tune it." Wireless is also a challenge. One idea is to link the
external ear piece with the MP3 player through Bluetooth.