When Is Braille Music Right For You? (A panel discussion on approaches to learning and composing music) Thursday 20 June at 7:00 PM

The Sound Without Sight initiative have asked us to share the following announcement:

We are excited to announce our next Monthly Meet-up and have something extra special lined up for this month! We will be hosting a panel of three very special guests:

  • Andre Louis, a renowned jazz composer and music technology accessibility consultant;
  • Kevin Satizabal, a composer and music journalist, who currently works for the BBC;
  • and Clare Gailans, a braille music teacher and transcriber, and advocate for accessible formats for music notation.

The panel will be comparing and contrasting different approaches to learning and creating music, such as using braille music notation, learning by ear, and using notation software to explore digital scores. Join us as we unravel the pros and cons of these approaches!

The session will be taking place on Zoom. Of course, everyone is welcome, but we believe this session would be particularly relevant to people interested in exploring new methods of learning, composing, or performing music, and people connected to music education.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Advantages of each approach described above.
  • Potential difficulties of each approach and how to overcome them.
  • Suggestions of accessible software options that can support these approaches.
  • Tips for using each method when collaborating with sighted musicians.
  • Is braille music still relevant in the modern world?
  • Is there a ‘better’ method?

This will be a relaxed, informal discussion and audience participation is encouraged. We will be prioritising questions submitted in advance of the event, so we advise that you contact us with any questions you may have so that we can ensure that they are included in the discussion. We hope that there will also be time for Q&A, so that you have the opportunity to ask any questions that may occur to you during the session.

Please note that this session will be recorded and published on podcasting platforms, so if you contribute during the session, you are consenting to appearing in the recording. This session is open to all ages, but we advise that children or young people wishing to attend the session should be accompanied by an adult.

We hope to see you there!

Register for the braille music event here.