I took on an adult learner a couple of weeks ago. Four years ago she had a tumour removed from her optic nerve and has some irreparable damage to her eye sight as a result of the operation to remove it. She also has a cataract on her left eye. It's not 'ripe' enough to remove yet, but is causing added problems.
She had piano lessons many years ago, and it hasn't taken her long to remember the basics. However, she is clearly struggling to see the notes, having to lean right forward to see them. She is going to the optician this weekend to be tested for glasses that will help with reading the music. As these will be specialist glasses, they will take longer than normal to come through.
Apart from the obvious solution of printing music on large staves for her, how else can I help? She says she doesn't mind until her glasses come through, and doesn't want to give up lessons until then either. It's sad to see her struggling though.
I've never taught anyone with a sight impairment before, so want to do my best to make her lessons enjoyable.
Thanks for any advice.