Description of App
SM Music Reader is an app for everyone to read scores written in MusicXML format. It supports drawing the score, playing and reading with screen reader like VoiceOver.
SM Music Reader is a free and fully accessible app for everyone to read scores written in MusicXML format. It supports drawing the score, playing and reading with screen reader like Voiceover, so both sighted and blind users can exchange the same score at the same time. The app is connected to Sao Mai online music library with thousands of MusicXML scores.
SM Music Reader currently provides the following features:
• Read music files written in MusicXML format,
• Draw sheet music for exchanging scores among both sighted people and people with visual impairment at the same time,
• Play MIDI files:
o Play all, by part, staff, current measure and by highlighted passage,
o Forward, rewind and loop playback,
o Adjust tempo, customize metronome options, volume and select instruments’ voices for each part.
• Support reading with screen readers:
o View the whole part or selected staff,
o Speak note by note and bar by bar,
o Speak in order of by voice (horizontal) and by timestamp (vertically),
o Speak most details of the score like directions, chords, nuances, slurs/ties, ornaments, fingerings/strings, lyrics, etc.
• Braille music translation
• Navigate to a certain bar or line,
• Set bookmarks,
• Manage your favorite lists and view the file’s details,
• Access Sao Mai music sharing library,
As a non-profit organization, Sao Mai Center for the Blind relies entirely on our sponsored projects and financial aids from donors. Therefore, your contributions, in any manner, will more or less help us maintain and develop this app, as well as other useful tools for the blind.
Contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Sao Mai, please visit: https://www.saomaicenter.org/en
With special thanks to Overbrook School for the Blind and the Nippon Foundation for their valuable support in initial financing costs for this project.
mistake in the app directory entry
this app in this entry says it is designed for the blind to read scores. the description mentions VoiceOver compatibility, and this entry says the app is totally inaccessible. I think there was a mistake and it should be corrected.
Thank you for letting me know!
I'm always happy to correct if needed. thanks for fixing this entry. now, it makes it better for people who look at this app directory entry.
Import MusicXML from other apps?
Hello! I am wondering if I can also import other MusicXML files into this app except from those in the library? It would be very useful. Thanks.
re: Import MusicXML from other apps?
Simply copy on xml file to the folder sm music reader.
Then you can see this tagged file in the score list.
MIDI playing the staves at a wrong time
I managed to import a MusicXML file other than those already in the library and I encounter the following problem: it plays the MIDI incorrectly. It displays the parts as separate staves as they are, but when playing the MIDI, the staves won't start at the same time. One will play after a while without being harmonized with the first one. It is played from the beginning instead and the other continues. I hope you understand the problem. Is there any solution for this?
MIDI playing the staves at a wrong time
The problem is solved simply:
Do not listen score, read simply.
Every sign read.
opening a score
I am using an iphone 12, with the latest update. When I go to the sm music library, I search for something. When the results apear, I double tap to open the score, but I am told that it is selected, and there is no option to open it.
If I double tap a long press the proper information appears..
I prefer to read music xml manually.
In text editor like note pad.
or to convert to lilypond with music21 and read the resulting file in any text editor, too.
Or imply to open in reaper and to read midi events or notes, depending on modes.
Or to open in MuseScore at last.
Or convert to braille, it is not important how: automatically or manually.
In general, no problems.
Music Braille engine
I am Phúc, from the SM Music Reader development team. Many thanks for your positive feedbacks.
Just for your information, we are working on a music Braille translation engine and hopefully we will publish it soon in about two months. But not ready for iOS yet. I will keep you posted via this thread, to whom might concern about reading score in Braille.
To Phuc Mac OS and beta testing
I have been following your work through the DAISY Consortium music braille project. I was wondering if you are woking on anything for Mac in parallel with the windows and iOs stuff? also do you need beta testers? Who should I contact about this?