‘Hands On’ is an on-going collaborative research project that is currently taking place between the Department of Music and the Disability Support Service in order to increase the accessibility of music to blind and visually impaired students at University College Cork. The aim of this project is to actively promote braille music literacy and also explore new technologies and teaching methodologies that can enhance both the approaches taken by the teacher and learner to create an environment, which is accessible to both visually impaired and sighted students learning side-by-side. This handbook has provided strategic teaching methodologies that have been compiled by experts who have detailed experience of working specifically with students that have sight difficulties. The focus, therefore, is to put in place an existing teaching framework easily accessible to those teaching music to blind and visually impaired students both in the University and in the wider community.
The ‘Hands On’ project has not only brought national organizations together, but has also assisted in creating an awareness within the music teaching community. With the support of funding from the National Seminar Series and Disability Service at UCC, Hands On: Feel the Music handbook was launched at which teachers, students and parents attended from across the country.