[Menvi-discuss] Braille piano method and duet books

Carol Sexton sunshinepa at verizon.net
Mon Jun 24 21:26:26 EDT 2019


Hey this will help and I will add these to my braille list.

Having books on the pre level for adults I think would be good and again I will have to become familiar with them.

Thank you I will make notes of these books and if the library can make me copies this will be great.

Carol.

From: Stephanie Pieck via Menvi-discuss 
Sent: Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:28 PM
To: 'This is for discussing music and braille literacy' 
Cc: Stephanie Pieck 
Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Braille piano method and duet books

Hi,

 

The “Piano Adventures” series is now available from NLS, either as a download from BARD or in hardcopy format by borrowing it in the traditional way. If you start with Level 1, there are plenty of duets to play with students both in the Lesson and Performance books. As for written exercises for learning notation etc., there are opportunities throughout the books at all levels to do this. Level 1’s Thdory volume is only available in Braille in the first edition which can’t be obtained in print anymore. However, beginning with Level 2A, all the Braille is Second Edition. There are four “core” books for each level, with levels 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, and 5: Lesson; Performance; Technique and Artistry (contains really great ways to teach good technique); and Theory. There are also Popular and Christmas solos volumes, and a Sight-Reading volume—check BARD to see which of these are available for each level.

 

If you’d rather have a dedicated duet book, check out Bastien Duet Favorites, Levels 1-4. All available on BARD. Another recent addition to BARD is “Twenty Top Young People’s Classics”, familiar classical pieces arranged for four hands.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Stephanie Pieck

 

From: Menvi-discuss [mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org] On Behalf Of Carol Sexton via Menvi-discuss
Sent: Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:21 AM
To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
Cc: Carol Sexton
Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Oops--wrong part of Measure 24 for Braille music sign!

 

Hey I think you are all experts as far as I am concerned because to be quite honest, to tell you the truth, I simply read braille music and there are lots of signs that I am totally unfamiliar with. I guess it is important that I become familiar.

 

I think the hardest thing for us as blind teachers is to be able to understand the sighted students, to be able to understand how print music notation is laid out. When they do note spellers for example, I simply let them read me their answers and I check their answers by what I have transcribed, Schaum note speller. Do any of you use Schaum. I have used teaching little fingers and the pre a Schaum piano course for eons but what I need to do and especially for adult students, maybe not that it matters so much especially but the thing is, is it really possible to get the pre a books or pre grade books that would be presented in adult fashion if you know what I mean? I know that there are levels one and so on, I copied a list in braille and want to try some of this music that I am not familiar with and I note that there is music for piano duets and maybe even four hands. I know that there are some Kulah sonatinas for four hands and when I get any students that are that advanced, I can learn both parts and then be able to play either part with the student. I would like to find some easy four hand piano pieces that would be at the first grade level so that I could do something with them for fun and play with them and I think playing duets or four hands together can really bolster their confidence don’t you? I am sure that many of you have done this. If you can suggest any books for me like I have described please tell me and thank you.

 

Carol.

 

From: Eileen Scrivani via Menvi-discuss 

Sent: Friday, June 21, 2019 10:48 AM

To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy 

Cc: Eileen Scrivani 

Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Oops--wrong part of Measure 24 for Braille music sign!

 

Hi All,

 

Boy, do I feel dumb!

 

Several of you told me what the braille symbols were in a measure of Martini Gavotte, and I disputed it when you were correct about it being a down-bow half-note G. Its just when I looked at that bit it did not strike me as the signs I should have known. I think it was the breath mark with dots 345 near the end of the line plus the opening dots of 126 in the down-bow that made me start thinking they were some type of parens or bracketed something or other from previous versions of the code. I also think that if there hadn’t been continuation marks at the end of the line and the measure was written out all in one on a single line it would have clicked more easily for me. Okay, I know I’m making excuses for myself. So sorry for telling the experts they were not correct!

 

I didn’t have time to write back sooner about this, plus the fact that I felt embarrassed over not knowing some very basic symbols <SHEEPISH GRIN>.

 

Eileen

From: Stephanie Pieck via Menvi-discuss 

Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:11 PM

To: 'This is for discussing music and braille literacy' 

Cc: Stephanie Pieck 

Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Oops--wrong part of Measure 24 for Braille music sign!

 

Hi again,

 

Sorry; I just found the signs Eileen was asking about. They indicate a down bow on a half note G. Down bow equals dots 126, 12; half note G equals dots 1235 (which is also the literary letter R); and after that is a two-cell sign indicating a breath mark (dots 126, 2).

 

I apologize for the confusion. Measure 24 of this piece is split between lines, and the measure number at the margin is used for the second half of the measure. I missed the dot 3 following the measure number that would have told me it was a continuation of a measure begun on the previous line.

 

Stephanie


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