Welcome to RNIB's Music Advisory Service (MAS)

We support people with sight difficulties in any aspect of making music through individual advice and support, as well as their friends, family members and professionals. In this section, you will find information and resources on a wide range of topics. Whatever your musical interest, ability or experience, we hope you find our pages useful. If you would like further information, or have a specific query, please do get in touch:

Email: mas@rnib.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7391 2273

News

World War I Composition Competition

The winning compositions from our composition competition to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I are:

  • Zoe Dixon: A Mystick As Soldier (based on words by Siegfried Sassoon)
  • Sandra Gayer: Lord of Song.

These pieces were premiered by the London Youth Choir under their director Esther Jones at The Wigmore Hall on 3 July. They are now available to download for free from www.musescore.com/rnib in Modified Stave Notation and Braille Music. You can find out more in Reading music in accessible formats.

Music education

We provide information and offer advice on music education for blind and partially sighted musicians and those supporting them at all levels, from the earliest signs of interest to advanced studies.

Employment

We support blind and partially sighted musicians working, or wishing to work in the music business through advice, information and professional development workshops.

Making music

Our making music section is the place to find out about taking up music, choosing an instrument, finding a teacher, taking exams and using music technology.

Music events

We run music events for children, sometimes with their families, often in collaboration with other musical organisations. We also run music appreciation events for adults.

Reading music in accessible formats

We can offer advice on producing and learning from music notation in accessible formats, including Modified Stave Notation (MSN), Talking Scores and braille music. We also have suggestions for learning to play music by ear or memorising music. If you support or teach a blind musician, we can also offer help in producing music in accessible formats.

Music awards and funding

This page has details of awards and sources of funding for blind and partially sighted children and adults wishing to further their musical career or study.

RNIB box at the Royal Albert Hall

Did you know that RNIB has a box at the world famous Royal Albert Hall? If you are blind or partially sighted, you can apply for tickets and take a sighted friend or guide. Regular events include the annual BBC Proms concerts, the Cirque du Soleil, Classical Spectacular and events in aid of Barnardo's, as well as artists such as Jools Holland, Michael Bolton and Eric Clapton. We also have information on access to live music and ways to appreciate music from the comfort of your own home.

RNIB online shop

Shop online for a wide range of products that you need to remain independent. From talking scales to tactile labels, mobile phones to magnifiers, we can help you keep doing the things you love.

Online shop