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Taiwan university unveils digitized sheet music for blind

2012/08/28 22:40:45

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) National Cheng Kung University unveiled the first digitized Braille sheet music software for the blind in Taiwan for the first time Tuesday.

A university research team headed by Su Wen-yu, a professor at the university's Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, developed the Touch Melody software in 2009.

Over the last three years, the research team has continued to update and amend the software, said Su.

In comparison to heavy Braille sheet music of the past, the software makes it fairly easy for visually impaired people who are familiar with computers to learn new music, said Su.

The software uses a keyboard and a touch device.

The software was loaned to National University of Tainan's Braille sheet music learning camp in February and August this year.

One of six students on the research team, Chan Po-cheng, a visually impaired musician, made significant contributions to the project.

Chan's passion for music was the main driving force behind the software design, and he even added games to the software to make learning more interesting for the blind.

The software includes basic music theory and sheet music reading lessons, plus an introduction to time signatures, notes and chords.

Su said more functions can be added to the software, such as save and print functions, so that music can be printed out as a Braille sheet music.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and C.J. Lin)