What is Modified Stave Notation (MSN)?

Modified Stave Notation (MSN) and is a way of enlarging and enhancing sheet music so that it can be read by visually impaired musicians. For more information see the MSN pages on our website. 

RNIB can help with a variety of different aspects of MSN such as:

  • Whether MSN might be of benefit
  • Ways of producing MSN independently
  • Music modified to individual requirements 

RNIB also have a small collection of standardised MSN or large print music in our library which is 16mm or the 24 point equivalent. For further information and to find out what is available contact our Helpline on:

For further information please see What are the different ways for me to read music?

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