This is the first video in a 10-part MuseScore tutorial series which takes you through the steps of setting up a new score. Each video focuses on one part of the score-creation process: navigation around the MuseScore screen, note entry methods, inserting repeat bars and creating codas and more. These videos are a great place to start if you’re a new MuseScore user.
Musescore in 10 Easy Steps Part 1 Score Setup
Hello, my name is Katie Wardrobe and this is a MuseScore tutorial.
Musescore is a free notation program that offers a cost effective alternative to professional programs such and Sibelius and Finale. This video is the first in a series that will walk you through the basics of using Musescore to notate your compositions and arrangements.
You can download Musescore from the website on the screen now.
Let’s get started with the first tutorial: Setting up your score
When you first launch Musescore you’ll see the Create New Score window. If it doesn’t appear you can open it by going to File > New. Enter the title of your composition and the other details and then choose here whether you want to base your score on an existing template or whether you’d like to create one from scratch.
We’ll create a score from scratch today so choose that option and click Continue.
In the next window, you can choose which instruments are going to appear in your score. You can click on the arrows to the left of each instrumental family to display the instruments for that group.
Today I’m going to create a 3 part round, so I’ll choose Voice from the Vocals family. You can click the Add button to add that instrument to your score, or you can simply double-click on the name.
On the right-hand side, you can see the list of staves I’ve created so far. Don’t worry too much about creating exactly what you need at this point – you can always come back to this window later on and add or subtract instruments. You can even change the order of staves in your score by selecting one of the instrument names in the list here and using the up and down buttons to alter its position.
When you’re done click Continue and in the next window, select your key signature.
Finish off your score set-up by selecting your Time signature, Pickup measure if you have one, and the total number of measures in your score, remembering that these items can all be adjusted later on.
Once you click Done, you’ll see your empty score, ready for you to enter notes.
This is the first tutorial video in a series titled Musescore in 10 Easy Steps.