JAWS scripts for Band-in-a-Box

These scripts can be used with the PG Music program Band-in-a-Box available from www.PGMusic.com
Band-in-a-Box is a program for creating, playing, and arranging music.

Below is a link to a quick demo showing how the JAWS scripts for Band-in-a-Box can be used to make the program accessible to the blind:
Using the JAWS scripts with Band-in-a-Box

Note:The scripts on this page were designed to run with JAWS 2019 or later on a Windows 10 system. They were also tested with Band-in-a-Box 2023, 2022 2021, and 2020 but will likely also work with other versions of Band-in-a-Box. If you are working with earlier versions of JAWS or windows you might want to check out some of the older versions of the scripts available at:

IMPORTANT: These scripts will not function unless JAWS is configured properly. After installing the scripts hit JAWSKey+F1 from within Band-in-a-Box to bring up a help document that describes in detail how to configure JAWS to work with these scripts. The document also describes optimal settings to be used within Band-in-a-Box and how the scripts work. The JAWSKey+H hotkey is also useful for bringing up a list of script hotkeys.

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The latest scripts can be downloaded from:
JAWS scripts for BIAB v2023.w.zip

To install the scripts:

  1. Unzip the zip archive that was downloaded from the link above
  2. Copy all of the files contained in the zip folder to the JAWS Settings directory for the version of JAWS you are running. In Windows 10 this folder will be something like:
    C:\Users\user directory\AppData\Roaming\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\2022\Settings\enu
    where "user directory" is the name of your user directory.
  3. IMPORTANT: Once the scripts are installed remember to hit JAWSKey+F1 inside the Band-in-a-Box program to find instructions for configuring JAWS to run properly with the scripts!

The latest version of JAWS can be downloaded from the Freedom Scientific web site at:

For questions, comments, or suggestions send an e-mail to:

Other Resources

MidiMag Discussion List

To connect with other sight-impaired musicians, producers, and sound engineers of all levels, from hobbyist to advanced professional, join the midimag discussion list. Click on the link below to find instructions for subscribing:
Subscribing to the MIDIMag mailing list
Many of the list members use Band-in-a-Box, as well as a variety of other tools, and are happy to share their experiences, advice, and expertise with other list members.
Note: This list, now being hosted by Freelists, was formerly known as the MidiMag-EX list but was moved in April of 2020.

Eyes On Success podcast / radio show

Also, Pete and Nancy Torpey have been hosting the Eyes On Success radio show / podcast for many years now. This half, hour weekly program is carried by a number of radio reading services throughout the U.S. and Canada, streamed by several internet streaming services geared to the visually impaired, and also available as a podcast or download from the Eyes On Success web site at:
In addition to covering a wide variety of topics of interest to the visually impaired, the searchable archive of almost 700 episodes contains several episodes about the Band-in-a-Box program. To find these or other shows of interest type a keyword, topic, or show number into the search field.

If you have comments, suggestions, or questions about Eyes On Success send an e-mail to:

Band-In-A-Box tutorials

A series of tutorials has been developed for using Band-in-a-Box with JAWS. you can find out more about these tutorials and get ordering information by sending an e-mail to:


--Pete Torpey