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:
Telephone: 020 7391 2273
News and updates
For details of upcoming events and workshops for blind and partially sighted musicians, please visit our music events page.
Buying and loaning music from RNIB
We have updated our guide to buying and loaning music in accessible formats from RNIB. The guide covers Braille music, Modified Stave Notation (MSN) and audio resources, as well as music transcription from RNIB and books on music.
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.
We support blind and partially sighted musicians working, or wishing to work in the music business through advice, information and professional development workshops.
Our updated guide to getting into teaching contains advice specific to blind and partially sighted musicians, including links to professional development, suggestions for marketing and sources of funding.
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.
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