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

The RNIB "Teaching the national curriculum" series below is a collection of Effective practice guides for education professionals looking for creative ways to teach children with a vision impairment. The guides explore practical approaches to teaching, assessment and obtaining resources for each subject.

 Teaching music to pupils with vision impairment Guide (Word, 200 KB) 

We contribute articles on music education to RNIB and external publications. Please contact us directly if you are looking for something in particular.

Gardner’s Trust Braille Music Literacy Awards

We administer the annual Gardner’s Trust Braille Music Literacy Awards for young braille music learners up to the age of 19. Entries for tests during May, June and July each year are invited by the deadline of 1 May.

To register your interest, or to find out more, please email [email protected].

Information for blind and partially sighted candidates taking music exams

The following document summarises the arrangements that are in place with all the major exam boards for blind and partially sighted people wishing to take practical and written music exams. It has been updated and re-written in September 2016. 

First Steps in Music Theory by Eric Taylor is now available in UEB Braille from RNIB to loan or purchase priced at £7.25. 
Order number: 25521103
You can order via our Helpline by telephone on 0303 123 9999 or loan a copy by signing in to your account on the RNIB Library.

Music technology

The guides below contain information for blind and partially sighted musicians using access technology to create and review music scores in a range of formats and use Digital Audio WorkStations.