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RNIB Music Transcription Service

The Music Transcription Service at RNIB can convert your Music print notation into Braille and Modified Stave Notation.

Our highly skilled team of transcribers have individually amassed over 20 years’ experience in turning the most complex scores into accessible outputs. We work with examining boards, schools, universities and commercial organisations as well as individual customers to provide music for exams, study, performances or leisure. We can also offer a modification service for examinations and deliver a braille music training course for individuals.  

Our service is ISO 9001, 22301 and 27001 accredited. For more information or enquiries please email

Accessible music stave notation  

Music can be provided in various accessible formats. The main formats for accessible stave notation are: 

  • Modified Stave Notation
  • Braille music
  • Talking score
  • Clear print
  • Audio

Some people use a combination of these. Whilst traditionally music has been read in hardcopy, the trend is towards digital reading and listening on portable electronic devices.

Original notation

Original music stave notation

Modified Stave Notation

modified stave music

Braille music

Braille music

Clear print

clear print music

Talking score

Four sharps, three four, Bar 1 mid E, G, A, bar 2, B minim, high C, bar 3, mid A, G minim, bar 4 , F minim