Ask the Specialist
Founder of Braille Music Division 1992 -
Southern California Conservatory of Music - now retired
RICHARD TAESCH has been a music educator and professional musician since 1961. He joined the SCCM guitar faculty in 1976 then founded the Braille Music Division in 1992, serving as Chair until 2013. Richard is certified by the Library of Congress in literary braille, braille music transcription, and holds a literary proofreading endorsement. He serves as state Music Specialist for California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired - CTEBVI, and provides the column, "Music in Education," for the CTEBVI JOURNAL. Taesch is author of "An Introduction To Music For The Blind Student" series (Publ. www.dancingdots.com), including "A Blind Music Student's College Survival Guide," and has contributed articles in various venues; he is also a member of the Music Committee for National Braille Association - NBA. Richard is the founder of Music Education Network for The Visually Impaired (MENVI). and his biography appears in "Who's Who In America," (since 2004). Additional author credits include two years for Soundboard, Journal for Guitar Foundation of America - the Commercial Guitarist series (1980's). He is a former member of The Music Teachers' Association of California, and authored the article "The Literacy Movement - What does Braille Music Have to do With It?" for the MTAC Journal in 1994. Teaching positions include 6 years at Los Angeles City College - community services, Studio & Jazz Guitar (1980's), Harvard School, and others, spanning 53 years.