Helpful Hints

Reading and playing music

Reading sheet music can be very challenging for low vision patients.  Low vision patients can certainly play some music they have memorized.  However, there likely is a great deal of sheet music that they would like to play again.  We do have some suggestions.  Placing raised dots on all the "C's" on the piano can help a low vision patient stay oriented on the keys.  As usual, we also would recommend a good light right over the piano.  Good lighting makes it easier to see both the keys and the sheet music.  Lastly, it is also a good idea to get the sheet music sheets enlarged to make it easier to read.


Many of our patients love playing music.  With a few changes, they do not have to lose their old friend, the music they love.








A picture of sheet music.  There are strategies to enable somone who is visually impaired to read sheet music again.