[Menvi-discuss] Color references and other sight-relatedmaterial

Debra Baxley debrabaxley at att.net
Thu Apr 19 20:12:54 EDT 2012


Mrs. Downing, you email did not come through.  

Debra

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sight-relatedmaterial


On Apr 19, 2012, at 7:50 AM, STEPHANIE PIECK wrote:

> Lydia,
>  
> This question comes up somewhat frequently, and unfortunately, it's kind
of a "great divide"--which you clearly state when you say that one way seems
insensitive, the other patronizing.
>  
> As a blind teacher working with primarily with sighted students, my
personal and professional preference would be to have the Braille correspond
as closely as possible to what my students are seeing. Creative teachers can
always make the necessary modifications on a case-by-case basis when working
with any student, blind, sighted, or with other traits that come into
consideration in the normal course of teaching a wide range of students.
>  
> If you get a lot of feedback saying the books should be modified, then
perhaps an alternative would be to produce "teacher's" and "student's"
versions, and include the modifications only in the student edition while
leaving the teacher's alone.
>  
> One other thing to consider is how to make the beginning teaching
materials that are so widely used easy for beginning Braille music readers.
Too often, this aspect of producing educational music isn't thought out
carefully enough, and blind students who start learning to read using
commercially-produced books because "that's what my teacher uses" become
very confused, very discouraged, and end up giving up on Braille music as
"too hard", especially since most teachers don't have the background or
patience to try and help students figure out the Braille issues--they're too
busy trying to teach everything else involved in learning to play an
instrument!
>  
> I'm glad that your company is making an effort to produce current
materials. My biggest challenge as a teacher is staying up-to-date with
materials. When refreshing or innovative music is being discussed and used
by my colleagues, I'd love to be able to participate in the discussions
without having to rely on just listening.
>  
> Best of luck to you and your company.
>  
> Sincerely,
>  
> Stephanie Pieck
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Lydia Machell
> To: menvi-discuss at menvi.org
> Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:02 AM
> Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Color references and other sight-related material
> 
> I'm producing braille editions of the Piano Adventures teaching series and
there are instances where the text needs to be adapted for VI users. For
instance, where the student is asked to circle items in a piece, or fill in
blanks on the page, we have replaced the instruction with "show your
teacher...". These are just practical considerations. But what about a piece
that asks the student to "choose a color for each dynamic mark"? Or memory
exercises referred to as "Blind Flying"?  As a publisher, should our
principle be to show braille users exactly what's in the print, or should we
adapt the contents for our market?  The first approach may make us seem
insensitive, while the latter could seem patronising. We just want to get
these excellent resources out there in the most user-friendly form.
>  
> Lydia Machell (Prima Vista Braille Music Services)
> 
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