Making sheet music accessible
Check out the latest article on the OpenScore blog to find out how we are working with MuseScore, RNIB and others to make sheet music software accessible to everyone, including people who are blind, partially sighted, or who have reading disabilities like dyslexia.
The most recent project has seen significant improvements to MuseScore's screen reader support. With the major commercial players dropping support for accessibility features, MuseScore is looks set to become the only viable option for musicians with accessibility needs who want to write sheet music.
We also look at a prototype accessible sheet music app by UK-based software developer Peter Marchant. Peter's "Talking Scores" app listens to voice commands given by the user and describes MIDI scores using Text To Speech technology. Voice commands are along the lines of "Play 2 bars at half speed, while describing notes in the right hand". This technology will be of great benefit to fully sighted musicians, as well as those with accessibility needs.