Based in Denver, Colorado, Marc teaches music theory at both the University of Denver and Regis University. He discovered MuseScore when one of his students mentioned it and he’s been using it himself for just over 3 months. He has since had it installed in the computer lab at one of the schools in which he teaches and has been promoting it heavily to his other students.
His favourite thing about MuseScore? “Amazing power and simplicity for free!” Marc states.
Marc found most aspects very easy to learn and he encourages students to use it in class for their original compositions and for transcriptions of jazz solos.
Marc frequently uses MuseScore himself to create lead sheets – a type of score commonly used in jazz and pop music which contains melody & chord symbols only. Having worked as an arranger and editor of the Real Book series – the definitive collection of jazz lead sheets by worldwide publisher Hal Leonard – Marc is somewhat of a lead sheet expert.
Marc has kindly shared his intimate knowledge of lead sheets by sharing an excellent online MuseScore tutorial: Creating a Lead Sheet Using Musescore 1.0.
In addition to lead sheets, Marc also uses MuseScore when writing for his jazz octet, and a range of other ensemble types. The first public performance of one of his octet scores created with MuseScore took place a few weeks ago. You can take a look at the piece on Marc’s MuseScore.com page.
Marc is looking forward to becoming more involved with MuseScore in the future, by helping with the online handbook, testing of new builds and perhaps some coding.
Read more about Marc on his website
Visit Marc’s blog which features an in-depth article about MuseScore
Learn more about jazz history, theory and improvisation through Marc’s excellent Jazz Improvisation Primer.
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