Notation Software

A lot of resources are available to those writing music.  Here are five great notation software that you could use.

I.  Windows Platform

    • 1. Finale Notation Software. Finale offers a free 2012 version of Finale called Finale Notepad .  With Finale Notepad, you can create orchestrations of up to eight staves. You can add notes by clicking them into the staff or importing MIDI or MusicXML files. Once your music is in NotePad, you can hear it play back, see it on the printed page, and share it with other NotePad users and users of other Finale family music notation software.  Finale Notebook allows you to see how Finale approaches notation and was created in hopes of someday having you use the Finale Notation Software.  Finale Notepad is a good solid choice for a Windows User.


    • 2. Meet the new Sibelius | First.  “Start composing music with this free music notation software to get many of the same tools the pros use. Compose simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts.  Sibelius | First is a new streamlined version of Sibelius that makes it easy for beginners and hobbyists to create simple, professional-looking scores.”  Sibelius offers 3 levels of notation software.  Sibelius | First is free but is not a full functional software.  Sibelius is the middle level of the Sibelius line, but again does not have a full function as it limits the composer to 16 lines.   Sibelius is offered for a monthly payment of  around $5.00 a month.  The full version with no limitation is Sibelius | Ultimate offered starting at ~$20 a month and goes up from there.  There are some add-ons that are not a part of these Sibelius core offerings which have add-on prices as well.


    • 3. Crescendo.  “A simple and intuitive way to write musical notation, Crescendo allows composers to write, save and print their music compositions on their computer. The wide array of sheet music symbols, time and key signatures, along witha free-form layout, gives a composer optimum control over creating sheet music for their arrangements.”  This software is available for ~$12 a month for commercial use and looks to be full featured software.
    • 4. There are more, so just google until you find something that will fit the bill for you (psst.. look at MuseScore .  Its for Windows, too!).

II.  Linux Platform

    • 1. MuseScore.  “ MuseScore is a free scorewriter for Windows, macOS, and Linux, comparable to Finale and Sibelius, supporting a wide variety of file formats and input methods. It is released as free and open-source software under the GNU General Public License.”
      This is the free open source software that we at LCP use.   It has full functionality and did we say free?  Easy to use and is Midi compatible as well.  I don’t think you can go wrong here.  For Windows, macOS, and Linux.  It’s also free.


    • 2. Rose Garden.  A comprehensive full function notation and sequencing software.  “ RoseGarden includes a powerful notation editor – essential if score is your preferred way to compose, or just to give you a different view on your work.
      You can edit notation at the same time like any of the other standard editing windows, and Rose Garden unobtrusively keeps everything up-to-date for you.” Unlike other MIDI sequencers, Rose Garden really knows about notation, storing details of the musical structure and presentation far in excess of what can be described in MIDI. And Rose Garden can even tidy up recorded notation using a powerful heuristic notation quantizer, without losing the original performance timings. You can prepare, edit, preview and print scores in a clear multi-page layout.
    • 3. If these are not what you want, there are many more offered for Linux.  Google it!

Now dust off that pencil and start writing!!