The "Visually-impaired musicians' lives" (VIML) project is a UK national investigation into the musical practices, participation and learning experiences of blind and partially-sighted people. VIML is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) at the Institute of Education, University of London, and has two official partners, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Royal Academy of Music, London. Dr David Baker is the Project Leader and Professor Lucy Green his Co-Investigator and Mentor. Through an online questionnaire and confidential interviews, VIML will investigate the experiences of all types of visually-impaired musician, including instrumentalists, singers, composers and music teachers. We are interested in both amateurs and professionals, even adults who have just begun to learn an instrument. Participants will be invited to a conference, where findings will be shared, and exciting "music days" of practical music-making in London will be created as a collaborative undertaking with the Open Academy.
If you are a visually-impaired and an instrumentalist, singer, composer, music teacher, or active as a musician in some other way, please visit our website or make contact for further information. Please let us know if you would like to participate in this exciting venture as an interviewee, "music day" performer or composer, or conference delegate.